On Wednesday September 6th, Hurricane Irma made landfall in my home islands of the U.S. Virgin Islands. This super storm has been categorized as the largest system ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean and caused an insurmountable amount of damage, specifically to St. Thomas & St. John. While I am born and raised on St. Croix, I’m still a Virgin Islander at the end of the day.
Seeing these images and videos of the damage done on St. Thomas, St. John & the British Virgin Islands breaks my heart in ways you can’t even imagine. One thing that I know for sure is that we will bounce back! We’ve done it before after Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and again in 1995 after Hurricane Marilyn. Naturally, we’ll do it again in 2017 after Hurricane Irma. Why? That’s because we Virgin Islanders are a resilient people! We’re from the Caribbean! Hello! We are a people that will bend but never break. We believe in a higher power. We know that we can do anything with God, family and our community by our sides. We are forever #VIStrong and like Pressure’s Virgin Islands Nice song states, “We stick together like tamarind stew!”
Once the threat of Irma passes Florida (where I am currently), I’ll be working to be a support to my people in the Virgin Islands & throughout the Caribbean that were affected by Hurricane Irma. Islands such as St. Maarten/St. Martin, Anguilla, Barbuda & St. Kitts need our help too. I encourage you to join me as we help rebuild our beautiful Caribbean islands. Many have had the privilege to vacation throughout the Caribbean, explore our shores, get married on the beaches, honeymoon there and simply celebrate and appreciate its majestic beauty. You may look at the Caribbean as a place to vacation but approximately 40 million people call it home!
In the meantime, you can donate to the Virgin Islands Relief Page of our hometown hero, Tim Duncan, as well as other longstanding local organizations in the USVI that I have personally worked with in the past. They are listed below with direct links to their pages. Every little bit helps us rebuild our community to the magnificent beauty we’ve always known it to be. Thank you in advance for your support!
- USVI Gives – Established by St. Croix Foundation for Community Development, 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation operating in the USVI since 1990 https://npo.justgive.org/nonprofits/donate.jsp?ein=66-0480131&isRecurring=true
- USVI Recovery – Established by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operating in the USVI for over 25 years https://www.usvirecovery.org/
Until Next Time,
Q the Cruzan Foodie