St. Thomas Irma Relief

For: Local Organizations TBD as we figure out where it is needed
St Thomas, Virgin Islands, U.s.
Organizer: Chrystie Payne
St. Thomas Irma Relief (Local Organizations TBD as we figure out where it is needed)
$29,020
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 188 donors
58% Complete

The Story

Many people are asking what they can do to help us down here in St. Thomas. We are going to need all the help we can get to rebuild from what can only be described as complete devastation from hurricane Irma. St. Thomas is without power and may be for up to a month or longer. Cell towers are down and most people are without a means of communication to other people on and off island. Many people have lost their homes and businesses, fire and police stations are destroyed, the hospital is severely damaged, the island is completely devastated.  All money collected from this campaign is going towards collecting and delivering essential supplies to St. Thomas and supporting the rebuilding efforts. Thank you for your help. We have a strong community here and we will recover from this.

Thank You,

Laura, Jennie, Kacie and Chrystie

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 30, 2017

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Posted on September 30, 2017

9/29 Update

THANK YOU to each and everyone one of you that has donated to our hurricane relief and rebuilding fund. All of your donations are continuing to made a huge difference in so many peoples lives! 


Today was a big day! We were able to purchase 7 truckloads of lumber from MSI Building Supplies, and then deliver these construction materials to My Brother's Workshop. They have been and continue to be working tirelessly at the rebuilding effort. In addition, with the help of so many of our friends who are still on island, we were able to purchase and deliver hundreds of adult depends from Supply Resources Incorporated for the local nursing homes. Baby formula and baby food was in high demand today and someone so generously donated supplies that were delivered to those in need. All of these items were purchased from LOCAL St. Thomas businesses! 


A huge thank you to onecondoms.com for the generous donation of 6000 condoms to help protect our island from STD’s, STI’s and unplanned pregnancies! 


It is inspiring to see everyone working together. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts!!!


-Kacie, Jennie, Laura and Chrystie 


Posted on September 15, 2017

Posted on September 15, 2017

Thank you so much for your generosity. It's been a wild last week and a half and your kindness has already made a HUGE difference. We wanted to provide an update on what we've been doing, and where your money has gone so far.

A few days after the storm hit, Budget and Thrifty in St. Thomas and some island family and friends, set up a distribution center on St. Thomas to provide those in need with essential supplies required immediately. This personally funded initiative began on a super small scale with friends' power boats shuttling people who needed to get out of St. Thomas to Fajardo, Puerto Rico, and sending back food, water, and other items purchased during the quick stopover at Fajardo stores. 

When Jennie, Chrystie, and Kacie arrived in San Juan on Sunday, they decided to help out by sending one carload of whatever medical supplies they could get donated from hospitals and sending it back to St. Thomas on a friend's boat the following day. We sent a request for help to whoever we could think of asking for medical connections in San Juan, and attention on the devastation from the media who up to that point had been focusing entirely on Florida, ignoring the over 50,000 US citizens living in the islands. 

Within hours, emails and phone calls came pouring in and we were immediately inspired by peoples selfless willingness to help. With Jennie and Chrystie in Puerto Rico collecting supplies, Laura in St. Thomas on the receiving end, collecting and distributing items, and Kacie in the States coordinating countless details and efforts, we've been able to accomplish SO much in just four days.

Here's where your support has gone so far through purchases made in Puerto Rico and distributed directly to those in need in St. Thomas:

- Prescription medications through emergency dispense prescriptions (tetanus, numerous antibiotics, etc.) urgently requested by Dr. Flowers and Dr. Livingstone who are on the ground in St. Thomas.

- Medical supplies including braces, slings, gauze, antibiotic ointment, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.

- Non-perishable food

- Water

- Tarps, rope, bungee cords

- Batteries

- Flash lights and lanterns 

- Hand sanitizer, bug spray

In addition, we've received over $20k in in-kind donations including:

- Insulin and other diabetes medication and supplies from Insulin for Life USA

- Diapers, non-perishable food, milk, bottled water from Hospital Hima Caguas

- Essential food and water from Motorambar, Inc Puerto Rico

- Numerous other medical supplies coordinated by our friends in Puerto Rico

- Car rentals through Thrifty and Hertz San Juan

As stores begin to open and shipments are received in St. Thomas, the urgency for supplies from Puerto Rico is diminishing, but the need for assistance is still great. We are committed to doing whatever we can to support the effort to rebuild our beautiful island home.

The next step is to make sure people have roofs over their heads. In coming days, we are attempting to contact anyone who can help with the reconstruction of our island homes and businesses. If you, or anyone you know, can help in any way or has connections to any organizations who execute these efforts, please let us know or pass our information on to them. 

Be assured that every dollar you've donated will make a difference, and is going directly toward what's most needed to rebuild our home. We will continue to update you on where your money is going and how things are going on this side. Thanks again, you are the reason we can make this happen.

- Chrystie, Jennie, Kacie, and Laura


Posted on September 11, 2017

Posted on September 11, 2017

Thank you so much for your support. ALL of the money collected right now is being used to collect and deliver essential medical supplies to St. Thomas. We do not have a hospital and are in desperate need of medical supplies. All donations are helpful and are literally saving people's lives. Thank you so much! 

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