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Bloom's Anguilla Relief Fund

$139,720 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 323 people in 14 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 All

Anguilla is doing great and we are still out there working. With additional donations we have been able to do repairs to an additional 8 homes, ranging from a few windows to full concrete roofs. The owners are so thankful and its such a great feeling to see people back in their own homes. We are in the progress of completing our two last homes. So my most heartfelt "THANK YOU" goes out to you, who made all this possible.

Meanwhile, as some of you might have seen on Facebook, Johnno's restaurant in Sandy Ground burned to the ground on Tuesday morning. Simply heartbreaking, after having lost so much in the hurricane. Due to the location Johnno was not able to have insurance and all is lost. The community reach out has been overwhelming and so many people will help with lending hands during the rebuilding. However people here have time to donate, after the hurricane nobody has the means to help financially. If you have ever spent any time at Johnno's, perhaps on his great "Jazzy Sundays" you already know this place is very special. Johnno's children has established a donation site, so if you are interested in helping out, please visit

Johnno's Recovery by his daughter Beth Barry

https://www.gofundme.com/zuwmk6-johnno039s-recovery-anguilla?sharetype=teams&member=422800&rcid=r01-153151431604-e893871be6354bcb&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w
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Dear Friends of Anguilla

7 months ago Anguilla was devastated by Hurricane Irma – The island is doing really well all things considered, restaurants and hotels are back up on and running. A couple of Hotels won’t open until the end of the year, but we are really bouncing back well. Power and Internet has been fully restored and for some, life has gone back to normal. This is NOT the case for all people, IF you look closely and drive up those little dirt roads and go just beyond the main roads, you’ll see that there are still many damaged homes, waiting for repairs. Some have extensive roof damage, or windows missing, and are uninhabitable. People still share homes as they cannot afford repairs of their own.
We have been very fortunate to receive additional donations, which will enable us to fund repairs of a handful of homes, mainly for people who would otherwise not have a chance to move back into their own homes.
We are working with community ambassadors who, in many cases, help arrange volunteer labor from their individual villages and it is absolutely heartwarming to see the Anguillians willingness to help each other get back on their feet. We have now completed 3 homes, two full roofs and lots of windows, and we have another 4 homes which we will start repairs on soon. We keep pushing forward.

Please consider donating to our continued efforts. We still have list of homes and families who need our help. And a giant THANK YOU! to all who have continued to support our efforts even after the press and all attention left our Island

Love and Peace
Bonnie.
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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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