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