**UPDATE: CLOSING GOFUNDME - JOIN OUR OFFICIAL HTU PAGES**
Hi everyone – Thank you all so much again for helping us meet our holiday match goal, raising an additional $420,000 for Hope Town! Your support has been crucial to recovery efforts. After this week, we’ll be closing down our GoFundMe – but of course, the work isn’t stopping there. We have a long way to go to restore Hope Town and are so grateful for your continued support. You can now donate and sign up for updates on our website. Please visit hopetownunited.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram by searching for @HopeTownUnited. Thanks!
NEW GOAL of $1 million!!! Working with Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue we have secured 15,000 pounds of medical supplies, a 14,000 square foot warehouse filled with additional donations and organized the evacuation of approximately 250 residents of Hope Town over the past week. We could not have done this without your generous support!!! Over the coming days, we will be bringing in a professional disaster relief organization to lead the clean up of our island. The cost of this project will be in the millions. 100% of your donations will go towards these efforts!!!!
Hurricane Dorian has completely devastated Elbow Cay and the surrounding islands in Abaco . Hope Town holds a special place in many people's hearts. Their residents will need our support over the coming months and years as they work to rebuild and recover. The Winslow Family and the Sands Family Foundation will match, dollar for dollar, all donations up to $100,000 for the purchase of critical supplies such as diapers, baby food, tarps, clothing, water, fuel, food and medical supplies. Additionally, Constellation Brands will be donating use of their corporate plane to transport supplies being gathered in New York down to Florida where we are working to ship to Elbow Cay. If you require a tax deduction, we will be working with Rochester, NY-based not-for-profit Intervol who will be helping us organize the relief efforts as well as on-site medical support and I will provide a direct link to their site where you can also contribute to this effort. 100% of your donations will go towards the purchase of supplies. Thank you for all your love and support. ABOUT THE FUNDRAISER: Matt Winslow, his wife Courtney Sands Winslow and their three children are building a home on Elbow Cay and have been visiting this special island for more than a decade. Courtney's family, the Sands, are founders and controlling shareholders of Constellation Brands, the largest multi-category beverage alcohol company in the world. Matt will send the funds raised on this campaign to Hope Town United Inc. This organization is us US-based public charity awaiting approval of its' 501(c)(3) designation. Hope Town United will direct all funds to Elbow Cay for rescue, relief, recovery and rebuild of Elbow Cay including air and sea evacuations, communications equipment, personal care items, non-perishable food, medical supplies, tools, generators, heavy equipment and associated transportation from the United States directly to Elbow Cay.