Stuck in New York

My mother-in-law has been visiting from the Caribbean since February.  She has never been on a plane ride longer than an hour. And at 59 years old, she decided to make that trip from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines all the way to Hawaii so that she can spend time with her 3 year old granddaughter, and son.   Unfortunately, our plans for a fun-filled planned trip full of amazing outdoor memories became a stay at home trip full of worries and paranoia.  During her entire stay, we did our best to make sure we did not spread the disease and did our best to make sure that none of us contracted the disease.   We did not join any gatherings and only left the house when absolutely necessary because she was afraid that because she doesn’t have insurance, getting sick would leave us with a hefty medical bill.  

Now in July, we were finally able to get her a flight back home to her country but the government and ministry of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines made a last minute decision that the passengers on the flight arriving on July 25th must arrive with a negative Covid-19 result taken 3 days prior.  They must also arrive with a reservation at an approved hotel in Saint Vincent to further quarantine there for a minimum of 5 nights.  

All of these new restrictions were placed a couple days after we made the flight reservations.  We arranged her Covid test appointment to be done on the 21st (4 days before arrival) when she landed in New York.   She stayed in New York at some relatives and then flew down to Miami on the 24th for an overnight layover.   We booked her a hotel room for Miami, and booked her mandatory 5 night hotel stay in St Vincent.  The next morning, she tried to get on her flight but was denied because she along with about 100 other passengers did not get their covid test results yet.  Now she is stuck in Florida where it was just reported that there are 12,199 new cases.  She has no relatives to stay with and the flights to get back to her home country only happens once every Saturday.  We are scared and doing everything we can do get her back home or somewhere safe as quickly as possible.

This has put an incredible strain on our income because although Charlie, her son, is an essential worker, and has been able to work during the pandemic, I was not, and all of these unexpected expenses has really put a toll on us.  

I decided to create this GoFundMe account to ask for any assistance no matter how small to help lighten the load on us and be able to put mommy in a hotel room in Miami or fly her back to New York to stay with relatives for the week (whichever is cheaper) and for the cost of meals.  Any extra money over the goal will be used to help pay for her hotel stay in St Vincent.  I appreciate you and your time that you took to read this.  

If you are not able to donate, we really appreciate you praying for her and  sharing our story.  Thank you so much.  May you be blessed with health,  wealth, and happiness.  

Charlie, Jocelyn, and Alvina 


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Jocelyn Lorenzo 
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Charlton Phillips 
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