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Get me to St. Thomas

$2,110 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 12 months
Hurricane Irma destroyed my island and my family's house. My folks are too old and not in the best of health and clearing the debris from the property and making major repairs to the house is beyond their means. Also, they're running out of food and there's nowhere to get more. Help me get a plane ticket to bring them some much needed supplies and begin the rebuilding process. $1500 will cover my plane ticket and a suitcase full of freeze-dried food (needs to be lightweight since I'll probably have to hike it up a mountainside covered in debris to get it to them), any leftover funds will go toward supplies to make the house habitable again. Time is of the essence, given the food shortage, so I'm trying to book this ticket within the next day.
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Today's the day! As promised, here's a list of some of the stuff I'm bringing:
2+ weeks worth of freeze dried food
Lifestraw
Solar charger
Solar & battery-powered radio/flashlight
Solar powered lights
Solar shower
Inflatable camping mattress with built in pillow
Vitamins
Powdered vegetable juice
TP
Utensils and can opener
Assorted candies and chocolate
Collapsible canteen
Work gloves
Optimism

That's everything I could fit in 2 bags, along with my own personal supplies for the trip. It's gonna be a big help but it's still just a start.
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So I've been bumped from 5 different itineraries now and have to give up on getting there via St. Croix. None of the boats that FEMA has approved to bring supplies in are allowed to drop passengers off on St. Thomas and hiring a private charter, while feasible, would be about $600 and that doesn't seem like a good use of funds. I managed to talk to someone at Delta who seemed to take a personal interest in my story and I am now booked on the first direct flight in from Atlanta on Saturday morning, when the airport is supposed to reopen. I have been assured that I will absolutely NOT be bumped, assuming they're cleared to fly in I will be on the plane. Saw that in Governor Mapp's press conference today he said that the airport was on track to be open for commercial flights on Saturday pending one final clearance from FEMA after they clear a little more space on the runway. Heard from Mom - they had actually run out of food but got some emergency rations to last maybe a week? And the cistern was compromised in the storm so the water probably won't be good to drink for long. In the next update I'll post a list of the stuff I'm bringing to deal with the immediate problems. This fund and everyone who donated to it are amazing. After GoFundMe took their pound of flesh I had $1850, which covers my airfare and the stuff I've already bought. Any donations from this point will go towards more supplies - I'd like to be able to get them a large tent and maybe a bed? If not that at least some large tarps and a couple of camp cots - something to sleep on that's not wet or on the ground. Also might need to hire someone to come by with a chainsaw and cut up any downed trees. There's a lot of big stuff that'll have to wait but even a few small things will make life a little less difficult. Thank you all again!
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Just wanted to show everyone where their generosity is going. In addition to the pile of freeze-dried food I'm bringing a lifestraw, a solar USB charger, and some very basic lightweight camping supplies including the stuff I'll need while I'm staying there (which I will leave behind when I go in case it's useful). I may have also squirreled away a couple of good chocolate bars for my mom. Thank you all!
Whole lotta freeze dried food!
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Wow, you guys are unbelievable. So I've now covered the cost of travel and the cost of the freeze-dried food and assorted supplies that I'm bringing for them. I take off from Seattle tomorrow and if all goes well I'll be in St. Thomas on Wednesday afternoon. I'm booked on the seaplane (Seaborne assures me it will be flying by then) and if that doesn't work out I'm in contact with a couple possible boat rides. If nothing else I'll hire a charter boat to take me. I've upped the goal (to a level I don't expect to reach but no sense selling yourself short, right?) and I'm going to leave the campaign up until I fly back next week - anything that comes in from this point is going to be used for building supplies or to pay for someone to come check out the electrical and plumbing systems. Buying further materials and supplies on-island is going to be incredibly expensive right now so, uhh, don't be shy? I really can't thank you all enough. Beer's on me next time we hang out.
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