Join Cara and Kirk to help St. Thomas

For: Cara Hinton, Kirk Boeger and St. Thomas Friends
St Thomas, Virgin Islands, U.s.
Organizer: Kate Good
Join Cara and Kirk to help St. Thomas (Cara Hinton, Kirk Boeger and St. Thomas Friends)
$8,915
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 70 donors
89% Complete

The Story

Hurricane Irma stuck St. Thomas and St. John with CAT 5 winds causing massive destruction. Now Hurricane Maria is a CAT 4 threat to this area. Many people are living in St. Thomas without a roof  and windows and will now face another storm. Cara Hinton and Kirk Boeger are on island and want to help as many people as they can with your donations. We have had friends, family and strangers ask how they can. I'm setting up this You Caring page to get help and supplies to St. Thomas.

With your help, this is what we can do:
It is estimated that 90% of power poles are down and less than 5% of the island has electricity. This could change when Maria strikes. People do not expect to have electricity for 6-12 months.  Donations will be used to buy generators and solar charging items such as power panels and batteries.

They need battery operated fans and batteries to power them. It's hot hot hot there. With no electricity or power the heat is physically draining. For most, generators can only run for a few hours at a time. 

Fuel jugs with a funnel for generators.

Solar powered lights. 

Yeti style coolers that have the the ability to keep things cold for a few days. 

Money. There are things that can be purchased on island but money is needed. 

I am working with a close friend of Cara and Kirk's to fill a container and send via cargo so it can arrive shortly after Maria leaves. If have items to donate, we can get you the address to send them to. If you can give money we will be able to purchase items that are in high demand.

On a personal note, I was able to get into St. Thomas on a private humanitarian plane on Saturday. I personally took 200 pounds of supplies for Cara and Kirk. They shared with their friends. They need more. Destruction is everywhere. Cell service is extremely limited and may be lost after Maria passes. It is hot and the bugs are biting. The island is not getting much help from the US government (even though this is the US!) as Irma, Harvey and Jose path's struck US mainland and help is needed in those areas. It will be up to us, family and friends to bring comfort and safety to this area.

I will personally see that your contributions get into the hands of those in need. I am working day and night to find ways to get them supplies and money. 

Thank you for doing what you can to help. 

With love, friendship and appreciation, 
Kate (Cara's sister)

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 27, 2017

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Posted on September 27, 2017

Moments ago I received a phone call that made all the effort and stress of trying to coordinate flights, supplies and helping people get to mainland worthwhile. There is a desperate need to get blood and a generator part to the local St. Thomas hospital. This is a mission that FEMA and the military could not help facilitate. I was found on Facebook for having a humanitarian mission lined up for tomorrow morning and they asked if we would take the life saving items! OF COURSE!! 

I was worried about coming up short on funds and now I know that my money is well spent. "In giving of ourselves that we receive" and today I received the best feeling my heart could ever ask for. We are doing GOOD things with your help my friends. Thank you for making this happen! You are saving lives. Just one more reason why I LOVE #Facebook.


Posted on September 26, 2017

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Posted on September 26, 2017

It is hard to ignore a cry for help. Through my efforts to get supplies to St. Thomas on private planes going into the #USVI I have learned there is an immediate need for diapers, wipes, formula, juice and cereal. I have gone over budget because I can sleep if there is more I can do! I put in another order with Costco to get these supplies and more down to St. Thomas on a charter Wednesday morning. It is not too late to add more to this load. Based on additional contributions, I will keep buying. 

Thanks for joining me in this mission! 


Posted on September 25, 2017

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Posted on September 25, 2017

Dear friends,

Due to the wonderful planning of Mary Wooten, I was able to load this plane with supplies from your generous contributions. I sent food, solar charging batteries, fans, personal solar panels, first aid packs, work boots and more. Cara confirmed that she met the flight at 2:15 today and will see that all the supplies are distributed. 

My next task is to get another charter to them which they can ride back on. I ordered another $1,000 in supplies (diapers, baby wipes, vitamin water, juice, batteries and more) so that we have another humanitarian flight and qualify to land. My goal is to get this charter down to STT on Tuesday or Wednesday. If you know anyone in the Ft. Lauderdale area who wishes to add supplies, have them get in contact with me asap.

With love and gratitude,

Kate

aka Cara's sister 

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