We get it, that’s what we are beginning to sound like. But with the devastation wrought by the record breaking storms Harvey, Irma, and Maria we feel that we must do whatever we can to bring attention to the massive resources that will be necessary for cleanup and rebuilding.
All across the Gulf Coast, Florida, and especially the Caribbean, people are left not only homeless, but without the very basics needed to sustain life. Food and clean water must be brought in almost daily since there is no way to store perishables until electricity can be restored. This could take weeks, or even months in some places, so we will continue to call out and sound like a broken record.
As bad as Harvey hit Houston, and Irma Florida, our attention focuses on the islands in the Caribbean for several reasons.
First, they took the full force of the destructive winds from both Irma and Maria, and the strength of these monster hurricanes broke records while pounding the islands of Barbuda, Dominica, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico.
Second, it is much more difficult to get supplies and personnel to these remote isles than the mainland areas that were stricken since airports and seaports suffered severe damage.
Third, the media often overlooks these smaller islands after the initial news of the storms fades and new stories take our attention.
Lastly, we lived for nearly ten years on St. Croix and still love it like home. We monitored Maria’s progress, nervous and terrified, while staying in touch with our friends as much as possible through Facebook. Luckily all are OK, but returning the island to its beautiful prior condition will be a huge task.
While we lived there, local hero and NBA legend Tim Duncan was in the prime of his stellar, dare we call it record breaking, career. Everybody followed his every move as he led the San Antonio Spurs to league titles and was named MVP twice.
Now he is leading an even bigger challenge, raising the funds needed to provide for the people and reconstruction of the US Virgin Islands.
We are hopeful that with our donation, and by spreading the word of his endeavor, we can have some small impact on the recovery and gratefully ask for help from all who can.
Read about Tim Duncan’s experience after hurricane Hugo while growing up on St. Croix and how that led him to spearhead this effort: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/tim-duncan-hurricane-irma-us-virgin-islands/
See a video of Tim talking about his effort: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/tim-duncan-updates-hurricane-damage-virgin-islands-article-1.3509852
Follow his progress on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DuncanRelief
Find other ideas to help here: https://gypsynester.com/how-to-help-houston/
David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com