Posted on October 6, 2017
Thank you all for helping us reach our initial goal! That being said our work is far from over. As we are sure, so many of you know, Hurricane Maria has left a new wake of devastation. Particularly hard hit are St. Croix and Puerto Rico. These are the islands that supported much of our Hurricane Irma relief efforts with their people, boats, ports and logistical support. Widespread reports from the ground remain upbeat and the pride of the Virgin Islands unbroken. Virgin Islanders are out in their communities assessing needs and delivering help to neighbors with or without any outside support. It is our mission to deliver financial and physical support to the people doing the most crucial work now and into the future.
With government resources spread thin in responding to the new devastation along with continuing efforts on St. John and St. Thomas it is now more critical than ever that we step up our coordinated private efforts. We have at this point received, sorted, and packed over 400,000 lbs of critically needed supplies for distribution throughout the Virgin Islands based on need. We have our fundraising goal on our YouCaring campaign to help all of the affected islands with their growing needs. Please consider a contribution and most certainly a share to help us get to our goal as soon as possible.
Making a financial contribution remains the most efficient way to contribute to efforts on the ground as physical contributions require a great deal of time and effort to sort and physically distribute. Cash can be put in the hands of people who will spend it to cover current priority needs.
We are so impressed by the number of you writing from all across the country asking about putting your own boots on the ground. There will come a time for this but at this point to say when would be pure speculation. It is critical that the very limited resources and infrastructure be preserved for the essential personnel on the ground now. As infrastructure is expanded to accommodate volunteers we will be in touch.
Stateside, one of the greatest things you can do is to organize fundraising parties. Bars, restaurants and music venues along with individuals from coast to coast have opened doors to host fun events that serve the dual purpose of raising critical funds and raising awareness of the needs in our little corner of the Caribbean. Please consider putting together your own community event. We are happy to share ideas and advice we’ve gathered from successful events held thus far.
Thank you for your support of the Virgin Islands Relief Fund. Together we will continue to deliver critical relief in the short term, support effective recovery efforts in the interim and eventually rebuild a better and even more resilient Virgin Islands.
Please continue to hold the islands in your heart and of course donate and spread the word.
Thank you, The Board of Directors, Virgin Islands Relief Fund inc.
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