|Help for Affected Communities in the Virgin Islands|
TO: Unitarian Universalist Friends
FROM: Reverend Qiyamah A. Rahman, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Croix (RevDocRok@gmail.com 704 458 7676)
RE: Hurricane Relief Efforts
DATE: September 26, 2017
I am writing to remind you about the Unitarian Universalists residing in the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John and Water Island) and Puerto Rico. We are small and our numbers insignificant and it would be so easy to forget that we exist. I encourage each of you to give what you can to help hurricane victims in the Virgin Islands as well as Florida and the earthquake relief efforts in Mexico.
Keep in mind, folks, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are islands - no convoys of trucks can reach us, all support must come by land or sea, and the airports and seaports were damaged along with the rest of the islands infrastructures. Currently, none of the residents have power, water or reliable communications except the rations that are distributed or purchases they are able to make. I recently saw a loaf of bread selling for $9.99. St. Croix is still under a 24 hour curfew except for four hours between noon to four. The situation is dire.
Here are some comments that friends have texted me as I await the opening of the airport so that I might return to St. Croix:
This Message from the President of our UU Fellowship:
This Message from one of our UU members:
I left after hurricane Irma for a trip thinking we had missed all the bad weather. Instead, hurricane Marie struck and devastated St. Croix. Eighty percent of island structures have been destroyed or heavily damaged on my island of St. Croix. I am trying to return home but all the airports are closed. I have heard from several of the members of the UU Fellowship of St. Croix. Some of them sustained property damage but all survived without injury. Seven deaths have been reported on St. Croix. Individuals are still digging out from under ruined houses, downed power lines, telephone lines and trees. If you have seen any of the videos I have been posting on my Face Book page they are heartbreaking.
Please remember us in your joys and concerns, please call our name in prayer and meditation and please send donations to the following local sources or any of the UU hurricane relief efforts.
And thank you for thinking of us.
Warmest regards, Rev. Qiyamah A. Rahman
Want to help? Check Out Reputable Relief Funds Below:
Tim Duncan Disaster Relief Fund:
St. Croix Foundation Disaster Relief Fund:
Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands Relief Fund: