Adren Anderson Hurricane Relief

My sister Adren lives in Saint John, US Virgin Islands and has been living there for over a year now. She works with the National Park service with sea turtles research. She has grown to really love this island and has constantly urged us to come visit because she knew we'd fall in love too. 

By the time the residents of St. John discovered the strength and direct hit of Irma, the ferry had closed down and it was extrememly hard to evacuate the island without a private plane. It wasn't until the day Irma hit that it was upgraded to a category 5 hurricane. Adren scrambled around and tried to secure a safe place to stay. After Hurricane-proofing her house, she decided that it wasn't safe to stay there and she opted last minute to stay in an underground bunker to ride out the storm with other park employees (see picture below of bunker). We were able to talk to her when the storm first hit and then she turned her phone off to conserve battery. After the storm was over we went 48 hours without hearing from her and it was absolutely terrible. We had no idea if she was safe or okay. She finally was able to get an email out to let us know she had survived. She has been able to touch base with us 2 times since last Wednesday and she has to hike or drive to one spot on the island to find one bar of service to call. What we did find out from one of our quick conversations is that her island is destroyed. Her house (before picture above) doesn't exist anymore. In her words she said "it busted open like a pinata" and all of her belongings are lost or on the side of the mountain somewhere. She isn't one for caring or having a lot of material things but she literally only has her phone and the shirt, shorts and pair of shoes that she's been wearing since last Wednesday when Irma hit. She has absolutely nothing left of her life that she's been living in St. John.  

I know a lot of my friends and family have asked how they can help her so we decided to start this Go Fund me to help her replace even just the bare essentials. If I know my sister at all, I know that she'll replace only the things she absolutely needs and any money left over, she'll see how she could use that to ease someone else's suffering. 

For those of you that know my sister Adren, you know that she isn't the type to ask for help. But she really needs it right now. 

We haven't received any pictures from Adren (because the lack of service) of her actual house, we just know it's gone. But below are some pictures of the island so you can see the severity of the damage. 

If you feel more comfortable helping the island that my sister loves then please consider donating to St. John rescue.

Because we're raising money for relief from Irma, the below information has to be included in this story : 
Who you are: Emily Cheshire
Where you're from: Jasper, GA 
Your relationship to the parties you're raising funds for: Sister 
How the funds will be spent and delivered (be specific as possible): They will be used to replace all her belongings lost in the storm.  I will give the funds directly to my sister. 

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    • $50 
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    • $200 
    • 50 mos
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    • $10 
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    • $200 
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    • $50 
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Emily Cheshire 
Jasper, GA
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