Posted on December 20, 2016
Thank you everyone for your compassion and generosity. There has been an immense and humbling amount of support received and we are so forever grateful. It has been an inspiring experience to realize how strong and resilient our community and chosen family is in the face of devastation.
We have raised an amazing amount of donations, and yet all of the money we have collected is accounted for and we are receiving even more requests daily for immediate assistance. This for us exemplifies what a state of emergency we are truly in and how important it is for us to help each other. The funds are being distributed first to families and survivors who have yet to receive support from the Red Cross, and then partners, roommates, and community members who need assistance in regards to physical health, mental health, housing, unpaid time off of work, emergencies, and other care services. We are attempting to reach our network as widely as possible and are working endlessly to be immediately helpful and accountable. The total amount of assistance requested of us so far is greater than the amount we have raised, and we are stressing our need for continued donations.
This outpouring of support shows how much love, strength, and light we are able to provide in the wake of deep tragedy. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and held us in your hearts during these last few weeks.
With so much love,
Sharmi, Jaime, Sinuba, Natalee, and Claire