Hands-on Hurricane Relief with SailorsHelping
If this season's brutal storms didn't impact you directly, you may have already started to forget how hard people in the southeast and islands were hit this fall.
I've mentioned a few of my favorite organizations in this post, but there's one I haven't been able to shut up about for months. I first heard about SailorsHelping amidst the chaos of the Newport Boat Show, and the mission resonated more than any other fundraiser. Even for someone who only lived on St. Thomas for a relatively short period of time, seeing it and its neighboring islands get crushed by Harvey, Irma, and Maria was absolutely heartbreaking. I can't fathom how it must feel for those who've spent their lives there.
In the weeks following, whenever a boater bemoaned that they wouldn't cruise the islands this winter because "they just weren't the same," I would encourage them: If you're able to get there, this year more than ever, GO. Go, and have your work gloves handy. Go, and bring supplies. Go, and show these people what sailors are made of. These islands still need massive amounts of help.
SailorsHelping will connect you and your crew's skills, timeline, and boat capacity with the needs of damaged marinas, harbors, and marine businesses – like Habitat for Humanity, except specifically for cruisers to give back to cruising destinations. Imagine creating an even closer connection with these islands you've loved or longed to visit for years. Then GO.
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