Lowcountry LOVE for the VIs
Our American neighbors in the US Virgin Islands (St. Thomas & St. John) were devastated by not one, but TWO historical Cat 5 hurricanes, Irma and Marie, this month. It has left thousands without homes, power, or communications. Literally, nothing. Rescue effort are underway by FEMA, US Coast Guard, Navy, and Red Cross (to name a few).
It is absolutely heart breaking at the loss that has occurred but Islanders are a resilient community. Rebuilding is an art form when you live on a rock. But, right now, residents are in shelters and may be there for months. Boats/marinas were destroyed and the airport has been compromised. And, unfortunately, the tourism business that keeps so many islanders afloat financially will be practically nonexistent this high season.
As such, we are we are organzing a local relief effort here in Charleston to collect goods and supplies for our US neighbors who were effected by Irma.
How can you help?
Our goal is to raise over $15k in supplies and goods and ship it to the islands in the next few weeks. We are coordinating efforts with those on the ground to make sure that 100% of the money (minus admin fees) we raise goes directly to purchasing, shipping and distributing supplies from the Lowcountry to the VIs. If you don't want to contribute financially, we are also coordinating collection stations in and around Charleston where you can drop off requested supplies.
While our address may now say Charleston, we are former islanders ourselves and want to do whatever we can to help those still there and affected by these catastrophic storms. If you would like to join in our collection efforts, feel free to send a message to one of us and we will get back to you shortly.
Lowcountry LOVE for the VI Team
Claire Young (STT for life)
Molly Shea (STT for life)
Andi Cummings (STX for life) - Campaign Manager
We are excited to announce that we are now partnering with several cities Stateside that is supporting the St Croix Foundation where we will be matching all of your donations!! If you have contributed already, we are matching your donation dollar for dollar. If you haven't donated already, please consider supporting our efforts today! We are now at 1/5 of our online goal and will also be hosting a big event this weekend where all of your financial contributions will be matched thru this Foundation! Check us out at https://m.facebook.com/lowcountryloveforVI/.
We are excited to announce that we are now part of a 4-city grassroots effort supporting the St Croix Foundation where we will be matching all of your donations!! That's right... if you have contributed already, we are matching your donation dollar for dollar. If you haven't donated already, please consider supporting our efforts today! We are now at 1/5 of our online goal and will also be hosting a big event this weekend where all of your financial contributions will be matched thru this Foundation! Check us out at https://m.facebook.com/lowcountryloveforVI/.
Good news! Port are reopening and relief is beginning to trickle in for the victims in the US Virgin Islands. Will you please support our campaign where all of our proceeds are going directly to purchase bulk goods directly with a non-profit organization on St. Croix? If you have contributed already, we thank you for your generous support! #LowcountryLOVEforVI
Maria has just given a devastating double blow to the Vi when she made landfall last night on St Croix who now also needs our help too! As such, we have been asked for emergency cleanup supplies of generators, tarps, chainsaws, and gloves for our friends in the VIs. This, coupled with all of our donations collected here locally in Charleston of personal goods, household goods, and water/food will be the focus of our effort. We appreciate any support you can give to our campaign!! Even $5 will help us buy new and used goods. Pls share.