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Bloom's Anguilla Relief Fund

$116,610 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 313 people in 7 months
Thank you for visiting the Campaign of Bonnie and Ira Bloom. Many of you know us from Anguilla where we have lived for 14 years.  Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms recorded in history hit Anguilla and left her devastated. Ira and I will try to raise as much money as possible to help the people around us. We are getting supplies to where it's needed. We are distributing relief aid island wide. We are left without electricity for 3 to 6 months. Food, water, batteries, gasoline and generators are urgently needed. The raised funds are received in our US account - and we are currently using  our own private funds from Anguilla to cover our  efforts. Make sure you follow out frequent updates on how we are using the donated funds..See "Updates" below

Thanks for your help and compassion.
Love and Peace
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Dear Friends of Anguilla

HURRICANE RELIEF UPDATE

As the needs have now shifted, so have our efforts. Most of our contributions now goes to various rebuilding efforts. We just completed a full concrete roof on a very small house and have several projects going at the moment. We have also donated to a larger project which is an old age home, which was totally destroyed by the storm.
The need is still there. Even 4+ months after the hurricane, especially the rebuilding and repairing of homes. Most home owners here cannot afford the expensive hurricane insurance policies and there’s a big need for funds to help with repairs.

It's going to be "rough" as the Anguillians would say. We still do cash distributions to people with no income, who are waiting for their workplaces to re-open.

The most rewarding thing has been working across several charities and experienced their willingness to corporate with each other. It has also been heart warming and I am so appreciative of how many of my anguillian friends and strangers have been there to help with anything they could. So many have stepped up to help, even people who had major losses themselves.

We hope you will keep supporting our efforts as we still have a lot of work to do. Even if the island is again “open for business” and looks stunning again, there are still people, even if they are back to work, are facing an almost impossible task of rebuilding or repairing their homes.

And as I mentioned, Anguilla is back and “open for business” so why not book a trip, get out of the cold and enjoy our stunning beaches, amazing food and a comfortable temperature of about 82F
Hope to see you soon ❤️
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FUND UPDATE
THANK YOU ❤️ to all the wonderful people who have so generously donated to our efforts to help individuals in Anguilla. We never imagined we would be able to raise over $90,000 and we are so thankful and humbled. It is hard to put into words how happy it makes us feel to have been able to reach as many people as we have. So many people wonderful people have stepped up to help on the ground and without them we would never have been able to pull of this kind of distribution.

It's now been about 3 months and 1 week since Hurricane Irma hit our shores. About 75% of the island now has power, we are all in awe of the power company's efforts here. It's beautiful and green here and we see a trickle villa owners and tourists coming in now. A wonderful feeling. A good handful of restaurants will open this and next week, another thing to be happy about.
This last month we have continued our cash distribution to individuals and helped out with a lot of other worthy causes. Generator help, fuel for generator, food and water. We helped fund repair of a basketball court, we helped with school uniforms and books, and we did a $10,000 donation to Department of Education for high volume copier. And this last week we also helped a good deal of people with expenses to get hooked back up to the power grid. Even if power is back on, individuals are responsible for the connection onto the grid, and many have destroyed lines or meters which needs repairs before they can connect. An expense many just cannot afford right now.

As mentioned earlier most of the large hotels and some villas will not open this season and many people will still be without work for months to come. Not only hotel workers are affected but also many businesses who are fully reliant on tourism are critically affected as well.

We are reaching out to try to gain as much support as possible to help make the upcoming holidays as enjoyable for as many people as possible. With your kind support we would like to increase both the amount of people we can reach, but also the amount of funds we can give to each individual. This Holiday season is going to be a big challenge for too many people here in Anguilla.

Please kindly consider making a donation. If you are not able to donate, then please kindly help us by sharing our message.

Thank you ❤️
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Dear Friends of Anguilla

It is now a little over 7 weeks since Anguilla was hit by Hurricane Irma. Some areas of the island has power, while others still have 3-4 months to go. We are getting used to this new strange life but it's a challenge. Our own home will probably get power in about a month or so.

Driving around you'll still see evidence of destruction the hurricane brought. However our island is starting to come back to life and it seems greener now than ever before, and recovery work is going at full pace.

A good handful of restaurants, villas and smaller hotels will be open for this winter season, some are lucky to have power, others will operate on generators. And of course our beaches are as pristine as always.

As expected "out of sight out of mind" has come into play, our situation is no longer news worthy, but that doesn't mean the serious situation here has changed.

We still need a lot of help, many people will be out of work until spring or longer, when some of the major hotels will be ready to open again
Some people will be without any income for 6 months or longer. There's no unemployment benefits in Anguilla.

With your kind support we will be able to help families and individuals get through this very challenging time, supplying them with contributions for food, water and other daily necessities. Today for example we sponsored food for a team handing out free meals in one of the villages which was hit hard by the storm.

Please take a moment to read the updates on our site and you'll get a better idea of the different ways we have been able to help so far.

We are also taking the opportunity to say thank you to all the wonderful people who have supported our initiative so far, none of all this would have been possible without your kindness.

❤️❤️
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ANGUILLA FUND UPDATE

Thanks to all our amazing caring supporters, we have been able to touch a lot of lives these last few weeks here in Anguilla. Apart from our on-going cash distribution, we’ve been donating and sponsoring to various causes and local initiatives, below is a few of them. Will mention more in our next update.

We are sponsoring a single mother who lost her house and has 4 children with weekly cash for food, water and necessities. We have committed to supporting her for 3 months.

We donated water coolers to an after school sports program for school children, run by wonderful volunteers

A lump sum donation was donated to an amazing caring person, who is doing free meals and other food items, every Saturday on one of our wonderful beaches.

We donated funds for irons, Ironing boards other laundry items for a youth facility.

Our team has also volunteered with our friends from @HelpAnguila, sorting and distributing relief good shipped from overseas. So we have really had a full week of great work.

In the coming week we will be working with another selfless community ambassador who will run a small construction crew, which will offer free smaller repairs for people, mainly elderly who do not otherwise have possibilities to get repairs done. We will sponsor all labor and materials. Stay tuned for updates on this.

With all your donations and wonderful support we are able to make a real difference in many peoples lives, and we cannot thank you enough. I also want to give the most heartfelt thanks to all the people working on this team and who helps bring all these initiatives to reality.

We have many many more projects on our list of things we would like to accomplish, so we humbly ask you to share our message and fund information.

❤️
Bonnie
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