Hi everyone, our names are Josh Bauers and Jennifer Ashley,
We are helping raise funds for our best friends, Lauren and Dustin. Their lives were turned upside down when Hurricane Ian made landfall on September 28th. They were able to evacuate on Tuesday night but could only take whatever they could fit into a few suitcases.
As we now know, the hurricane did a tremendous amount of damage to Sanibel, Captiva, and the surrounding area. The causeway and only vehicular access to the island has been severely damaged and rendered unusable. All utilities on the island are also down and will be for the foreseeable future. The City of Sanibel is not allowing people to go back to the island to even assess the damage at this point.
Prior to the hurricane, Lauren and Dustin had built a beautiful life in Sanibel. They were married on Captiva in December 2013 and became year-round Sanibel residents in 2015. Shortly after that, they started a small business on the island called SanCap Pak-N-Ship and have spent the last five or six years building it up.
The hurricane has not only taken their housing and most of their possessions but also destroyed their business and source of income. It is unknown when anyone will be allowed back on the island, and it will be a very long time (likely years) before everyone can get back to normal life.
Please donate if you can, and please share this as widely as possible. All funds will be used to help Lauren and Dustin get back on their feet during this trying and uncertain time.