Irma Relief for Zee Best Staff

$11,685 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 80 people in 18 months
To our friends, family and loyal customers of Zee Best.  I write to you far away from the destruction of our beautiful island of St. Maarten but with a heart full of pain.  As you know by now St. Maarten has been dealt a terrible blow that no one could have ever prepared for or imagined possible.   I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from friends and patrons of Zee Best and am able to relay these messages to Dominic in quick phone calls.  These heartfelt messages are what keep people on the ground knowing they are supported and loved.  

Many of you have asked how you can help.  We have heard from everyone on our staff except for one (and still praying that she and her children are safe).  They are alive but in dire conditions.   Some have lost their homes completely.  All have no immediate future to look towards.  Dominic and I have still not been able to plan for what will be of Zee Best.  For sure nothing will happen right now as there is no infrastructure to speak of...not to mention clients.  Those of us who are able to leave the island and find someplace safe to gain footing again will.  Those who have no means will have to stay and figure life out in a place where the basics of food, shelter and water will be rare commodity.   And so with a heart full of gratitude, I ask that you donate whatever you possibly can.   No amount is too little and together we will see to it that our staff, our Zee Best family, are cared for in the best possible way.
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Dear friends and family, in order to release donations, Go Fund Me has requested that I provide you with the following information as an update to the campaign: Before I do, I would like to thank all of you for your kindness, your words of encouragement as well as your generosity in our efforts to raise money to help supplement staff in this time of need. My name is Kara Sanchez and I am the campaign organizer of this gofundme account. My husband Dominic and I operate Zee Best in Sint Maarten. I set up this account within days after Hurricane Irma as I was quite certain the business did not survive this catastrophic event. Indeed, Zee Best restaurant remained closed for about a month. Since then however, we have managed to open the restaurant but we are still not out of the woods. Our production site has virtually lost all of its monthly accounts with hotels etc and it is uncertain whether we will open that site again. This is a huge financial blow and as our need for staff diminishes we are doing what we can to reduce employee hours so as to avoid lay offs for as long as we can. The intended use of the donated funds is to help support the employees financially during this difficult time. For transparency’s sake and clarity I am to receive the funds from Gofundme to our stateside account where I am then able to wire them to Dominic in Sint Maarten. This is a tedious process as banks were out of commission for a while, lines were horribly long and when they resumed business, caps on how much you could withdraw were implemented. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me either personally or via gofundme. Thank you.
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