The eye of Hurricane Irma fortunately enough for us, passed 50 miles north of Antigua. The result of this path was that Antigua was spared the brunt of Irma's 185 mph winds. The sister island of Barbuda - home to about 1700 people took a direct hit from Irma. Today there is not one soul living on Barbuda, all have been evacuated. This is the first time in 300 years that Barbuda has not had inhabitants.
Here is a current article outlining the situation on Barbuda - http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/15/americas/irma-barbuda-population-trnd/index.html
Maryse and I will be returning to Antigua late October and we will take with a large hockey bag that we will endeavour to fill with items that will be of use to the children and families affected by this disaster. If you would like to join with us in contributing to helping Barbuda, we will gladly cover all excess baggage costs to move your generous donations of linens, new clothes or footwear, personal hygiene products or children's toys. I will pick up your donations if that is the easiest solution for you.
If you prefer to support Barbuda in a different way, our marina has provided us with a link to make your contributions effective and efficient. http://www.antiguanice.com/v2/
Thanks in advance for your assistance in making this corner of paradise livable again.
Maryse and Merrill