Virgin Gorda Relief Supply Fund

For: Virgin Gorda Community
Virgin Gorda, Virgin Islands, British
Organizer: Casey McNutt
Virgin Gorda Relief Supply Fund (Virgin Gorda Community)
$180,400
of $500,000 goal.
Raised by 584 donors
36% Complete

The Story

If you've ever been to Virgin Gorda, you know how special it is.  Hurricane Irma has damaged so much of this community's infrastructure.  We are only now finding out what is happening.  To get ahead of this and help immediately, please assist us with the efforts to provide supplies and assistance to those affected.  All funds will be provided to those who need it the most in supplies and shipping costs.  
It will take more than this $500K to help but we have to start somewhere.  Please help with anything you can.  I promise you that it will be provided to help pick up the community of Virgin Gorda that we all love so much.  
Thank you!

NOTE:  I can promise you this will be used 100% for the community of Virgin Gorda - as a business owner on Virgin Gorda and a resident for over 14 years, your donations are in honest, loving hands.  - Casey McNutt

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 22, 2017

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Posted on September 22, 2017

Update Sept 22nd, 12:00pm

Happy Friday!  Most of us are getting ready for a weekend and planning something fun or relaxing.  Please take a moment of your weekend and share the word about the BVI and our Caribbean neighbors.  It may seem that the planet is trying to kill us all with the devastation in the islands, the earthquake in Mexico and fires in the Northwest USA...  but I've seen what humanity can do when it pulls together and it's unbeatable!  

Just wanted to send a quick update as I may not be able to until Sunday.  Jeff is on island now - more aid an enough medical boxes to outfit a small hospital.  He also took down 100 SPF long sleeve shirts with VGSTRONG on them (for a little motivation!) for those burning in the sun cleaning the roads and making efforts to bring our island back to life.  I'll send photos and updates on Sunday once he's returned home.  What you do need to know is that operations are running like a well-oiled ship in Virgin Gorda.  While many things are still in need of a rush, there is calm and order.  For a while there will be a need to get aid there in the way of food.  While dry goods and MRE's are available at aid stations, you know there is a difference between that and a nutritious HOT meal when you've been working all day.  What restaurants that are left who have operational kitchens are feeding 1000 people a day - many of whom can't cook in their own houses.  Those who are feeding them have asked for this list of items to continue feeding the community:

Soup Kitchen/Virgin Gorda Link: http://a.co/0q9hjOP

We have now also secured the protocol for submitting aid directly to VG with Team Rubicon and our local officers.  It's a smooth operation now!  We know everyone wants to help and come in with hammers ready to swing!  WE WANT THAT TOO!!!  And it's coming!  Right now we must get accommodations arranged for residents so that we can then create a safe space for you.  We are hoping this doesn't take too long.  I'm in contact with those on this side of things and the minute we are given the "all good", you will be the first to know!

Thank you for who you are!  You are amazing people!  

**Photo Credit - Hog Heaven - Still beautiful and one of my favorite places for happy hour!







Posted on September 21, 2017

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Posted on September 21, 2017

Update Sept 21st, 2:45pm

If you follow the Dive BVI Facebook page, you've probably seen the AMAZING number of boxes that are loaded in the container for Virgin Gorda's delivery!  We're so proud and thankful for you guys!  I have just a few updates for you:

Container leaves FLL tomorrow morning and should arrive by Tuesday on VG - we have secured the method for clearance and all items in the VG Relief Supply will be inventoried and secured at the islands relief aid station at ScotiaBank.  Laura Fox, Emily Fletcher, Lyra George and a team member of the Rubicon group are in charge of the clearance and organization.  Everyone who needs aid will and is receiving it.  Your donations of items are secure.  While some roads are still partially blocked, most are cleared or in process and those in North Sounds who need anything in the delivery will be brought to the Valley or it will be brought to them.  This is only the first load of many - we still have 2 containers on the way over the next weeks.  This is a long, winding road but together we have it!  Monetary funds will be used for community development - to help ALL community  - this includes but is not limited to: charges incurred for transport and Customs (if applicable), children educational needs, elderly needs, medical/medicinal needs, structure/shelter and security of residents, fuel for trucks/generators being used to support community and those who cannot afford it themselves, and the list goes on and on.  

Puerto Rico has been hit hard by Hurricane Maria and they will not be able to aid the BVI as they have been - it's important to focus ahead and get creative in ways we can help ourselves - it's the Virgin Gorda way!  We have word that the airport in Ceiba is open and the runways are clear in SJU but the airport will re-open with limitations tomorrow (Friday, the 22nd).  Current addresses for aid deliveries for the BVI in St. Croix and Puerto Rico should be suspended at this time - however, they need it too - we are all in it together.  No matter where you focus, it's appreciated.

Finally, I want to give a special shout out to Annie - who is our "Rockstar of the Week" - she is 8 years old and lives in Washington DC.  Last week she set up a Lemonade stand for the relief of the BVI (photo attached).  She raised $50 and bought from the VG WishList on Amazon - her donation is on the barge now.  Annie, you're a hero and a shining example of what the world needs now!  My heart is comforted by knowing that our future is in the hands of someone like you.  

Keep the faith people!  I may not be able to update until late tomorrow but I'll let you all know about Jeff's trip as soon as possible!  Back to packing shirts - you guys are killing me!

#VGSTRONG  #BVISTRONG  #CARIBBEANSTRONG  #ONELOVE

~Casey


Posted on September 21, 2017

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Posted on September 21, 2017

Update Sept 20th, 9:45pm

Today was exhausting for everyone - the storm was a miss but didn't forget to keep everyone awake with rain and wind.  News from VG is that no damage occurred other than a tough nights rest.

Today, I bagged at least 400 shirts with my friend Pam for the BVILove.com sale.  We have our own little sweatshop going in my kitchen!  Tomorrow the rest come out of printing and I'll pack those up too and get them to the fulfillment center where your hundreds of orders will be processed for shipment!  Thanks for your patience - Irma had the power here in Florida all messed up so we're a few days behind.

The photo attached is super special.  I need to acknowledge 2 special people who donated 2 20' fluid shipping containers.  Not sure they want their names out but I'll find out and I'd love to share.  These can be filled and driven around to points for residents to fill.  This is a game changer!  Virgin Gorda is so blessed to have people like all of you doing this.  I can't wait till that container lands on VG next week!  I'll ask for lots of photos!

I'll keep you updated on anything that I can.  In the meantime, please keep your prayers on Puerto Rico and our friends in the USVI - and Dominica, Nevis/St. Kitts and so many other little rock nations.  Hurricane Maria made a mess of our Caribbean.  Puerto Rico were the first to come to our aid after Irma and now, as much as we want to help them, we are also crippled.  They are strong and we love them.  

Thank you so much for all you do. You're amazing!  

xCasey

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