VI Strong Relief Efforts

For: Residents of the USVI
St Thomas, Virgin Islands, U.s.
Organizer: VI Strong
VI Strong Relief Efforts (Residents of the USVI)
$30,174
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 260 donors
60% Complete

The Story

In the wake of the devastating Hurricane which stuck the Virgin Islands on Sept 6th, 2017, VI Strong began fundraising efforts to provide much needed immediate relief items! Our efforts have netted more than $40,000 worth of Amazon goods which have been transported directly to the Virgin Islands to provide immediate relief.  Your financial donations continue to make these things possible! 

We have created a website to share news at: VI Strong

Also you may donate directly from our Amazon Wish List by clicking this link: Wishlist

USVI is home to many of the people we love and care for. It's 100,000 residents are in imminent danger, facing a powerful Category 5 Hurricane which will arrive on island Wednesday September 6th. Hurricane Irma will pass within 35 miles of the island of St Thomas with sustained winds of 175mph.

The islands of USVI  and their residents will face tremendous hardship both during the storm and after. The island infrastructure will be incredibly strained, with loss of power, water, and communications. 

We are organizing an effort to raise donations for much needed supplies such as batteries, generators, tarps, and toiletries which will be in high demand after the storm passes. Fema will be on hand with Food and Water. 

We would like to raise enough money to fill a shipping container with supplies and send it to the Virgin Islands when the ports open! 

#VIStrong 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 4, 2017

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Posted on October 4, 2017

Good morning, thank you to all who have contributed! We continue to update everyone at www.vistrong.org!

With your support we have been able to process the shipment of 5 containers of immediate relief supplies which have made their way to St Thomas! However more supplies are needed! We continue to need to raise funds to cover the cost of shipping the containers. Each container, which departs our Miami Freight Forwarding company, costs $3,000 for shipment! 

We have also utilized some of the funds collected to make bulk purchases of tarps from an on island store to distribute for free along waterfront! 

Please continue to share!


Posted on September 8, 2017

Posted on September 8, 2017

Good Afternoon Friends of VIStrong!Thank you for your continued support, prayers, and pledges to help! There are many hands reaching out, some of them reaching back from the island for support, love, and supplies…many of them reaching to the island asking the same questions, what do you need, how can I help?A disaster of these magnitude is daunting for mainland US, it took a week for supplies and help to reach the victims of similar hurricane disasters. Those of us who live on St Thomas, have a profound understanding of the isolation which island living creates. There are no roads with which to truck supplies to them, our only means of transport to the island is by ship or by plane.We are currently focused on raising monetary donations at present moment, for the following reasons. The airports on St Thomas, and St Croix are allowing only military traffic currently. Which means even if we had supplies staged, and a plane to carry them, we can’t get them on the ground to the people in need. The ports aren’t open, and even if they were, our two normal shipping ports Jacksonville and Ft Lauderdale will soon be closed because Irma will make landfall in Florida in the next 24 hours.What does all of this mean? The help we desperately wish to provide is needed, however we need to be smart with our resources. We are working to set up a supply staging area in Philadelphia to begin transport by cargo plane as soon as we have a runway to land on! Physical donations, which could normally be collected at drop off centers and sent to those in need, will become a logistical complication because consolidating them in an area where transport planes are flying from could become cost prohibitive. So we will be collecting what monetary donations we can and funneling those funds into the staging area to gather supplies which are nearby and don’t require additional transportation. In the days and weeks to come, we are certain that more needs will arise, and donations of physical goods will find their ways to drop off centers!Until then, please continue to share, pray, and send all of the love you can!We at VIStrong are in immediate need of someone who can work with us to establish a 501c3 as well as anyone wishing to help With content creation and curation on the website!


Posted on September 7, 2017

Posted on September 7, 2017

Good Afternoon!


We are working on relief efforts with much needed supplies for the islands! We have connected with a local electrical supply house who is willing to sell us generators and batteries at cost to ship down. We have private jets on standby to fly in supplies as soon as the runway is clear. We have a clear and present need and plan for the funds! We are hoping to put 20 generators on a plane by the end of the weekend along with tarps, batteries, and anything else we can fit onboard. We are also working with a travel nursing agency to get a flight full of medical professionals to the island to help! 


If you have been waiting to donate till a plan evolved...it's here and we need at least $10,000 to make this flight happen!

Thank you!

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