On Saturday September 9th during Hurricane Irma my brother Dan lost his home. My brothers home wasn't a traditional one with a two car garage and a stone fireplace, no his home was untraditional just like him. His home was 45 feet long, ran on solar power and sat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Dan has been living on a sail boat for the last six years with his dog Mya. Our family grew up in New York and later Connecticut, nowhere near the ocean yet Dan always knew that, that's where he belonged. After saving up enough money he moved to St. Thomas, bought his first sail boat and dropped anchor. Dan worked odd jobs, cleaning the bottoms of boats, he was a lobsterman, a fisherman and even tied down cruise ships when they would dock on the island. Dans real passion was fixing up boats, especially his own, any chance he had he would be fixing, scrubbing , sanding, or staining his boat. It didn't take long before Dan and Mya outgrew their first boat and decided they needed to upgrade. Dan sold his boat, found one that was bigger but needed lots of work and started doing what he did best. Over the next six years Dan bought and sold boats until he finally bought his dream boat.
Seven months ago Dan decided it was time to see what else was out there so he sailed from St. Thomas to the Keys. Dan got a job working for his friend cleaning pools, and was really starting to feel right at home. Unfortunately all of that changed for Dan once Irma hit. Dans boat broke free from the mooring during the hurricane and smashed up onto the rocks. Everything inside Dans home is currently under water due to a large hole in the boat. Unfortunately Dan doesn't have funds to remove his boat from the rocks or to rebuild his boat. So I'm asking for help. I understand that times are tough for everyone so any little bit helps. Thank you for taking the time to read this, your donations are greatly appreciated.
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