Of everyone's efforts and has sent her thanks!
I too say thank you. We were able to raise $2,600 for Anna! THANK YOU THANK YOU TO ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS...some whom have never met Anna...and some who now want to....once St. Martin is restored to the paradise we know and love.
I am sending out a check today and Anna will have cash in hand next week.
So on Anna's behalf...Thank you!
GoFundMe has place withdrawals on hold so I have to answer a few questions so please bear with me.
Who you are and where you’re from?
I am June Noto of Howell NJ
Your relationship or contact to the parties you're raising funds for
Anna Woortman is a long time friend who moved to Grand Case, St. Martin from the USA (via Amsterdam. I visit with Anna every year since 2002. St. Martin was decimated by Hurricane Irma and my friend needs financial assistance.
How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible)
Funds are to assist with basic survival needs...food, water, services to help her recover from this tragedy. Building supplies for shelter and repairs. Anna lost her livelihood as her business is 100% tourist based. No tourists will be visiting the island any time soon since the hurricane. It will take years to recover.
Your withdrawal plan to get the funds from the campaign to the ultimate beneficiary/ies
A mutual friend from the US is a property owner in Grand Case, St. Martin (just down the street from Anna) and has booked a flight from a neighboring island to the Grand Case airport which is reopened for commercial traffic. He is assessing his own property damage and wants to visit with his St. Martin friends and lend a hand.
After withdrawal I plan on sending him a check, which he will deposit into his US account and bring her cash.
My friend needs assistance and this platform provides the tools I need to assure compliance and accountability. Some friends are sending me personal checks which I have posted as offline transactions.
Note to GoFundMe: I am only sharing with my friends and Family on Facebook. I am not soliciting the general public.
My deadline is October 7th.
Please unlock the account. Thank you.
Hello to the family and friends of Anna Woortman.
As you know, Anna lives on the tiny island of St. Martin which was decimated by Hurricane Irma. She and thousands of others, are struggling everyday to survive.
Electricity is returning. Water is hard to come back. Food and other resources are slow to make their way through but progress is being made.
The island main airport is still closed to international commercial travel, not that anyone would want to visist what once was a paradise. It will take many many years for life to be "normal" again in St. Martin.
As a result of this horrific devastation, Anna, who has been living on the island since around 2002, is currently without a livlihood, and has no way to earn an income. Her property management business came to a complete halt, as she lost approximately 10 rental units to the storm, and those that were able to be salvaged and occupied, have all canceled their reservations.
Tourism is the primary source of revenue for most of the islanders.
St. Martin has been my home away from home since 2001. Anna has been a gracious, generous and humble host to myself and many of my friends, over the last 15 years. She has never asked for money (or anything else).
Many of us have experienced her generosity first hand.
Leaving the island is not an option for her. She cannot return to the United States, and there is no future for her in Amsterdam. St. Martin is her home now and will be for years to come if she can survive this horrifying disaster.
So I am asking all of you, please, let's help her. She really needs our assistance.
I am seeking to get her cash by mid October, when a friend with property there plans to visit as soon as the Grand Case airport re-opens (long before internernational airport will be restored). The banks there are iffy at best, so he will deliver cash in person to her. These are trust worthy people, in case anyone needs to know that.
Please give what you can. I know there are hundreds of thousands of people all over right now needing assistance, but Anna is family to me .. and I must put family before all else. I hope you do too!
Please help her.
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