After a rough experience with Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, our want to help those negatively affected by storms has formed. The past few years, we have been migrating North in the summers on our boat Kai. We were in Connecticut, when Hurricane Dorian came and sat over The Bahamas. When we saw from afar the destruction happening, our instinct was kicked into effect to help the locals.
Over the years, Justin has spend lots of time sailing in the Bahamas, growing a deep love for the land and its people grew naturally. After watching Dorian wipe away so many homes, friends, and memorable places, we knew bringing supplies was something that we had to do! Our experience with living in a hurricane disaster zone from the year before, helped us come up with an extensive list of supplies.
We loaded thousands of pounds of supplies, shoved them in all knocks and crannies of the boat and headed to the Abacoes of the Bahamas. The supplies were all raised by those that support us... from local CT organizations, home town school foundations, a Gofund me account and through our social media pages!
Our supplies consisted of 18 5 gallon buckets of elastomeric paint, screws, nails, tarps, rags, clothes, tools, 50 pound bags of rice, Mountain House meals, water, and many other odds and ends.
Giving back to this community, no matter how small, filled the hearts of our crew and those we were able to give back to. Thanks to everyone involved- from donating, loading, sailing there, and everything in between. It will be forever in our hearts.