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SONESTA ST. MAARTEN STAFF RELIEF

$126,700 of $300,000 goal

Raised by 608 people in 8 months
As the world now knows, Hurricane Irma passed over the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten/Saint-Martin on September 6, 2017. The dual-island nation has been devastated. Homes lost. Jobs disappeared. Families torn apart. Tourism has vanished as we once knew it, and although we will rebuild in the future, our primary focus now is on relief efforts; there is much to do and compassion must be paramount. 

Most of you who have visited Sint Maarten and any of the Sonesta Resorts in our beloved island know that our team - the people of Sint Maarten - are the soul of our hotels and our destination. It is the people that make hotels beautiful; it is the staff who make you smile every day when you get up for coffee and see that incredible Caribbean Sea in the distance. You may be in a remarkable location in the world, but without these smiling faces, heartfelt, dedicated service and a geniune love for their work, hotels in the Caribbean simply would not operate without their staff. So please help us help them. 

As the official fundraising page for the employees and staff of Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten and The Maho Group, this fund will collect money to provide food, essential supplies, and household items; it will also help support aid to the employees and staff and offset medical and travel expenses.

This fund has been set up by the Director of PR for The Maho Group - Andria Mitsakos - who is in direct contact with the resort company, the government of Sint Maarten (as well as serving on the official crisis communications team for the Prime Minister), and all humanitarian efforts and official spokespeople. The Maho Group is the owner and operator of Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten.
 
We are currently working with Samaritan's Purse, a 501C3 international Christian relief organization working in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. Their Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) were first responders to help with the wrath of Hurricane Irma, and they are currently stationed at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort supplying humanitarian relief efforts to the island. 

Once the first $25k is reached, distributions will be made and funds will be put to work right away to help the most urgent cases. Allocation will be completed with assistance from Samaritan's Purse as they are physically on the ground in the destination, and understand the needs of the relief. 

We assure you that your donation is legitimate and legal, and that we will closely monitor all donations. 

Stories will be shared as to how your donations are helping the families of Sonesta Sint Maarten Resorts. 

We cannot let Irma’s victims in the Caribbean be forgotten. The real work is just beginning.

Thank you.

Note from Sonesta Resorts St. Maarten: posted on Sept 20 (and updated on Sept 21)
We have received comments about where this money is going which is explained below (see comment from Sept.18). Please note that the first dispersement will happen very soon,  as it can take from 7 to 10 days for the funds to leave GoFundMe, and then approximately another week or mor for the orchestration of the distribution on island. Relief will be received by this fundraising effort. Please understand that communications is still difficult and our offices are not operational so this effort requires tireless hours from many people in many countries to organize.

We are in touch with our employees via a closed Facebook page so if anyone is in contact with staff please encourage them to join this group. We will also communicate via the local press in St. Maarten and will advise them when the first distributions will be made; we promised to keep you updated and we will.

Regarding the acquisition of Sonesta Great Bay by Sunwing Travel Group: this does not affect in any way the distribution to the staff of Sonesta Great Bay. They will absolutely receive relief. 

Note from Sonesta Resorts St. Maarten: posted on Sept 18

We have received some comments as to why we are doing this fundraiser since as a company we have insurance.

These funds would be used by our employees to cover the cost of repairs on their personal property which was either partially or totally destroyed. A lot of them did not have insurance.

The resort's property is insured but the policy does not cover its employees' property. None of these funds would be used to restore the resort's property.

There is no difference in the misery and destruction brought on by Irma on a Sonesta employee's property vs. the property of any other person living on the island and employed by another company.
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'Tis the season of giving thanks, and we would like to take this moment to THANK YOU all again for the overwhelming support and contributions to our Sonesta SXM staff.

Funds received via our GoFundMe campaign continue to be used by our employees to cover their personal welfare and purchases of food and supplies. Although the resorts’ properties are insured, the policy does not cover its employees' personal property, which were either partially or totally destroyed. A lot of our staff and their household did not have insurance and are still experiencing hardship, so additional funds will assist them with their day-to-day needs.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
While we are getting closer toward our goal, we still have 2/3 left to reach, so your continued support is appreciated. You can help by sharing the link to your friends, family and Facebook network, opt to become a recurring donor monthly, fundraise in your local community and supplying the link:
www.GoFundMe.com/Sonestasxmstaff

Thank you and wishing you all a warm, safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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We just reached $100K+ today! Together, we are getting closer and closer toward the goal! THANK YOU!

We have received, and continue to receive, your outpouring support, heartfelt messages and generous contributions via this campaign. Your thoughts and kindness have been shared with our staff, and now, throughout the distributions, we have been receiving a tremendous outpour of positive comments, embraces and gratitude from our staff, and we would like to share a few of their sentiments with you:

“Thank you very much, blessing upon you and the whole group, blessing upon the guests and family members. Shower of blessing upon day, heart, soul and hands. Amen.”

“A big thank you, to the guests and their family, Maho Group of company and those that make the donation possible thanks again guys.”

“Thank ALL of you. Good job. God bless you all. Love.”

“May God continues to bless the guests and their families and the Maho Group company. God bless you all, I appreciate it”

“To all the guests who donated on our behalf a big thank you.”

“A great big thank you to all who have contributed to the Sonesta team via the go fund me account. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. To all our repeat guests, we cannot wait to welcome you back because we love and appreciate you.”

- Employees of Sonesta Ocean Point Resort; Sonesta Maho Beach Resort; Sonesta Great Bay Resort; Casino Royale; Diamond Casino; Golden Casino; Maho Real Estate, Island Cleaning Services, and Resorts Cleaning Services
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We did it! The first round of donations from this GoFundMe campaign we set up were distributed to the staff of The Maho Group and Sonesta Resorts St. Maarten this week. So proud to be a part of this incredible team. Thank you for the compassion and support from all of our donors. More than $95K raised and still going strong. #staystrongsxm

Read more here:
http://www.soualiganewsday.com/local/soualiga-news-today/item/15882-first-round-of-donations-in-to-aid-the-maho-group-and%20sonesta-resorts-st-maarten-staff.html
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We did it! The first round of donations from this GoFundMe campaign we set up were distributed to the staff of The Maho Group and Sonesta Resorts St. Maarten this week. So proud to be a part of this incredible team. Thank you for the compassion and support from all of our donors. More than $95K raised and still going strong. #staystrongsxm
Read more here:
http://www.soualiganewsday.com/local/soualiga-news-today/item/15882-first-round-of-donations-in-to-aid-the-maho-group-and%20sonesta-resorts-st-maarten-staff.html
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