I am very lucky that Folly Beach, where I am vacationing, is still intact and open for vacationing. As I walk the beach each day I see damage to wooden steps and decking, erosion, and piles of brush, but very little damage to the homes themselves. I am very thankful that my much-needed vacation was not cancelled due to bad weather.
However, my good fortune is someone else’s bad luck.
In my 20s I lived on Big Pine Key, halfway between Key Largo and Key West. I worked at Seacamp at Newfound Harbor Marine Institute. It is a fabulous summer camp for kids who come from all over the country to learn about the ocean, marine ecology, sailing, diving and much more.
Almost directly in the eye of Irma, it was demolished this year and will take great effort and funds to restore. This is one of those times and places that had enormous influence on my life and who I am today. This is a place I will support to the height of my monetary ability to help with their restoration. You can donate to their restoration here.
I’ve also had the fortune to spend time in Puerto Rico, another wonderful island and vacation destination. Until recently. I subscribe to a blog whose most recent post is about Puerto Rico. I am giving you the link here. I think many of you will end up subscribing to the powerful writing of Yara Zgheib.
These island treasures that are part of our wonderful country are in need of our help. We are a nation of great wealth, great compassion and great humanity. Some of our people need us to share that greatness with them this year.
All the best, Marcia