You know when that Hurricane flattened everything in its path, and I flew home to safety, I myself was a bit horrified with myself at how I just did nothing. I think I was sort of in shock, and every day I scrolled through social media, checking on every one I could think of that was impacted.... close friends in the islands, distant friends in the islands, customers, businesses in the impact zone, good friends who also happen to be customers. I had this list of people, who every day I would search and scroll - hungry for updates. Updates were scarce because no one had power, internet, phone service, food, water, roofs. Gradually updates came out, and I could tick everyone off on my mental checklist.
It seemed like so many people mobilized themselves in their own ways to HELP, while I sat numb. One woman I was SUPER impressed with at this time, was the author of the blog WOMEN WHO LIVE ON ROCKS Chrissann Nickel. Here she is upside down in Virgin Gorda.
I have followed this blog for a year or so now, and LOVE the humor and stories from real island girls that arrive in my inbox weekly. I love this photo I found on her instagram feed.
So many people in need, how do you choose a charity, who do you trust, I was thinking.... and just like that, as if she was a mind-reader, a concise list of charities you can trust landed in my inbox. I love this girl !
Within days of the hurricane wiping out my islands, Chrissann had gone LIVE with the post "How You Can Help The Islands You Love" So now that I have finally found a way to help, I contacted Chrissann to share her story with you guys. Here is what she sent to me.... which is perfect in her own words.