Don’t Forget Caribbean Hurricane Victims

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by natural disasters. Westporters have recently been asked to help hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

The town has responded strongly. Nearly all of us know people in those battered places.

Most of us do not know anyone in Barbuda or Dominica. Yet those Caribbean islands were devastated too.

Lynroy Henry works in Westport as an athletic coach. He’s asking for help for the many Barbudans and Dominicans now living in Antigua, after Hurricane Irma drove them from home.

His organization — Roots of Bolans — will personally deliver much-needed items to Antigua.

The list includes:

  • Non-perishable foodstuffs and dried goods (sardines, tuna fish, milk, rice, sugar, flour, beans, etc.)
  • Pampers, baby formula, feminine napkins, toiletries
  • Cash for purchasing building materials locally

Donations can be dropped off at 10 Bay Street. For more information, call 203-919-0921.

Hurricane Irma damage on Barbuda.

4 responses to “Don’t Forget Caribbean Hurricane Victims

  1. Hanne Jeppesen

    Hurricanes, mass shootings, earthquakes and unpredictable President (I’m being kind) and fires (I live about 30 miles from the Napa Sonoma fire) it feels like the world is going to hell in the handbasket.

    The fire here in Northern California is horrendous. California has huge fires every year, but this is one of the worst ever. Everything is bone dry this time of the year, since we don’t get rain from May to November. The night the fire started it was very windy, and the fire moved very fast. This is not a fire in a rural community or up in the hills somewhere, this is a fire in California’s prized wine country, and suburban communities. I know it is being covered nationally, but I don’t think it shows how bad it is. Even 70 or more miles from the fire the air quality and visibility is very bad. Where I live everything smells like smoke.

  2. Yes, Hanne, the fires you are experiencing are truly horrendous. Here (British Columbia), we’ve experienced the worst wildfire season in memory with devastating loss. The sight and smell of smoke could be seen and felt from the Pacific to the Rockies.
    I’m not sure, but hope our firefighters are there to help you, as yours have done for us in the past. Best wishes to you.

  3. Thinking of all in California during this devastating time.

  4. Sorry. I screwed up (again) as a thunderstorm rolled by.
    My note should read: Thinking of all affected by the many recent natural disasters, worldwide.