Our hearts are full with pride as we continue to see our community come together to help those affected by Hurricane Irma. Early last Thursday morning, as we took a collective sigh of relief that our beloved island of St. Croix was spared from the worst, many jumped into action to provide relief to our sister islands of St. Thomas, St. John and the BVI’s.
To date, as we write this, here’s a look at just a few of the many, many efforts being made:
- A GoFundMe account called Irma Relief for Our Sister Islands has raised more than $160,000. The funds are used to purchase supplies, food and water at cost to be shipped over daily by Caribbean Sea Adventures.
- Big Beard’s, the QE IV Ferry, Water Spirit, and many privately-owned boats have been making daily trips with supplies.
- Sejah Farm, ARTFarm, and Yellow Door Farm have collected and packed more than 1,800 lbs. of fresh produce to be sent by boat.
- Many restaurants are coming together to pack meals for evacuees arriving on St. Croix.
- St. Croix native and San Antonio Spurs legend, Tim Duncan, has personally donated $250,000, plus he matched up to $1 million donated to his 21 US Virgin Island Relief Fund. His campaign has now raised more than $2.1 million and will be sending supplies from San Antionio.
- Kenny Chesney has been raising funds through his Love for Love City Foundation to provide relief on his part-time home of St. John.
- The Bohlke International Airways hangar has become a staging ground for recovery.
Housing for Evacuees
Since many of our followers are individuals or families who have purchased real estate on St. Croix at some point, one way you may be able to help is to house an evacuee. If you would be willing to host an individual or family who has been evacuated, contact Cheryl Nelthropp at (340) 690-9479. If you have a vacant condo, apartment or rental property and you are willing to allow evacuees to stay there, please contact Nichole Reed at email@example.com or (678) 641-1766.
Hurricane Irma Relief Resources
GoToStCroix has started a Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts page. If you are interested in finding ways to help St. Thomas, St. John or the BVI’s, this is a great resource that will be kept updated.
Thank you to all who are helping the U.S. Virgin Islands during this time. It will be a long road to recovery, but our community is resilient!