People ask me, “with all the devastation caused by Irma and Maria, do you still want to be an island girl”? “HELL yeah!”, I respond every time. Now more than ever.
Yes, it will be hard. I know that. But the islands hit by these Cat 5 hurricanes need us more than ever.
We’ll be heading down to Jost later this season to help our friends where we can. This little island of roughly 300 people was devastated. Completely. And they still struggle to get the materials they need to rebuild. But these are strong and spirited (and amazing) people. They’ll make it.
The USVI and BVI islands have really pulled together to help one another. The weekly “flotillas” to Jost show this amazing spirit. Each Sunday, boats from all over merge to visit and support the beach bars of Jost. Coco Locos, Soggy Dollar, One Love, Ivan’s, and the BeeLine have all had flotillas. Tarps replace roofs, fire grills replace kitchens. But beer and painkillers are floating as freely as the smiles of the people there.
I’m writing this blog as we’re driving across Florida to Tallahassee for the ‘Trying to Reason Hurricane Relief’ Concert. Yes it’s selfishly an amazing way me to see all my favorite artists on one stage – Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett, Toby Keith and Jake Owen. Plus the Coral Reefer Band. But it also is a fundraiser to support the islands. There have been some amazing and selfless work done by Kenny Chesney and others. Warms my heart and soul.
So, if you happen to be seeing live feed of the concert, watch for me. I’ll be the one screaming “I’m a WANNABEISLANDGIRL!!”
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