Florida bar collects over $15k for Bahamas Hurricane Dorian relief by taking down their dollar bill decor
All the dollar bills may have a bunch of staple holes and sharpie writing on them on them, but they’ll still spend the same.
A local bar in Florida has pulled down thousands of the dollar bills that customers have placed onto its walls and is now donating the money for hurricane relief in the Bahamas, parts of which were devastated by Hurricane Dorian a month ago.
The Siesta Key Oyster Bar has collected about $15,000, general manager Kristin Hale told weather.com on Tuesday. She said the staff has worked through all of September to gently remove the bills from the walls and columns.
“It literally took a whole month because they’re attached with hardcore staples,” Hale said.
She said about 90% of the money has been taken down, but a lot is still hanging from the ceiling. Hale said she expects it will take until mid-October to pull down the rest.
Customers have pitched in with the fundraising efforts as well.
“They come in and see what we’re doing and give us a $20 bill … or a 10 or a 5,” Hale said.
On Sunday, the bar teamed up with other businesses on Siesta Key, located in the Gulf of Mexico off Sarasota, Florida, for a Bahamas fundraiser, the Herald-Tribune reported.
That raised another $10,000 for the islands that were slammed by Dorian on Sept. 1 and 2. At least 56 people died and 600 are still missing.
Gene Collie, who manages 3.14 Pi, used to live in The Bahamas and still has friends there.
“I said, ‘We have to do something,’” Collie said. “We all go down there to visit, and I think we should give back, we should put something together and help people in need.”
Source The Weather Channel