Help Nicole & Joe rebuild from Irma

My sister Nicole and her fiance Joe had been living in the US Virgin Islands and were hit particularly hard by Hurricane Irma earlier this month. Their story was recently profiled in this People Magazine story .

As they heard the reports that Irma had become a Category 5 hurricane, they decided to ride out the storm at a friend's house because they thought it would be safer there than at the place they were renting. Unfortunately, that house proved not to be much of a safe haven–the high winds shattered the sliding glass doors, blew away the porch, and then finally ripped the roof right off the house.

For three hours, they hid in a bathtub while Joe held a door over the two of them and their two dogs to prevent debris and rain from pouring on top of them. 

When the storm passed and they could survey the damage to their home, they discovered that their apartment was completely destroyed. The walls had collapsed and the roof was blown off there as well. Between the severe storm damage and the intense looting happening on the island, they had lost everything; all they had left were the clothes on their backs.

Thankfully a few days ago, some friends helped Nicole and Joe to evacuate the island with their dogs. They are currently in South Carolina, but they have nowhere to go and no money to their names.

They need help rebuilding their lives. We'd like to raise enough money for them so that they can buy supplies (food, clothing, dog food) to get through the next few weeks, and maybe get enough of a head start so that they can find a new place to stay and begin putting the pieces back together.

Any help is appreciated for these two very special people. Thank you so much for reading!

GoFundMe is asking me to provide the following information for this campaign:

1. Who you are and where you’re from

My name is Matt Walsh and I'm from the Boston area, where I grew up with Nicole before she moved to the US Virgin Islands.

2. Your relationship or contact to the parties you're raising funds for

Nicole is my sister. Joe is my future brother-in-law.

3. How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible)

That's up to Nicole. In the short-term, she needs money for food (for them and the dogs), clothes (they currently own only what they were wearing when they evacuated), and shelter (additional nights in their motel). Anything beyond that she can use to help find a new place to live (security deposit/first month's rent) so they won't be homeless. The places they worked at were destroyed in Irma and they have no current source of income.

4. Your withdrawal plan to get the funds from the campaign to the ultimate beneficiary/ies

I sent Nicole the beneficiary invitation for this campaign and only she has the ability to withdraw donations.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Matthew Walsh 
Medford, MA
Nicole Walsh 
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