On Monday September 19th, our beautiful island of Dominica was devastated by Hurricane Maria. The storm’s strength took our little paradise by surprise as it went from a Category 1 hurricane to Category 5 within 24 hours. Maria passed directly through the village of La Plaine and caused severe damage to homes and businesses--leaving many without safe homes to stay in, or any home at all. Some of you may remember when Tropical Storm Ericka hit Dominica 2 years ago and caused devastation that they were still recovering from, to this day, when Maria hit. Aid from neighboring islands is starting to come in, as well as aerial footage on the damage left in Maria’s wake. We will be on the ground, and have trusted people to assist us in distributing the goods to get all donations directly to where they need to go, to help the people of La Plaine rebuild the community. We will be fully transparent as to where and how the funds will be allocated and are grateful for whatever contribution you can manage. Again, while prayers are most welcome, our community needs to rebuild, and they need resources. I ask, if you have gently used clothes, kitchenware, medical supplies, tarp, tents, toys, hygienic goods, vitamins, non-perishable foods, day to day essentials, shoes, sanitary napkins, diapers, formula, bottles, etc., to think about donating it to this cause. We will be sending barrels via cargo ship back to back for the coming weeks and months. Once we have met our goal, I will personally withdraw the funds, we will purchase the supplies needed and get it to the people of the community. Please know that nothing, nothing, is too little in this dire time of need. Thank you all!
Attached are the first few pictures of the devastation back home
**For drop-off locations of item donation in NJ, contact Kimora at [email redacted]
**For drop-off locations of item donation in VA, contact Lisa ([email redacted]), or Pashia at [email redacted]
If you are on social media, you can follow the hashtag #LaPlaineMariaRelief to get updates on the purchasing, packing, and distribution of all items and monies donated by you! Thank you again for helping to get La Plaine back on its feet.
Dominica Strong! https://www.facebook.com/DominicaHurricaneRelief/ https://youtu.be/_Dsf7ISBMI0
(Before the Hurricane)