The US Virgin Islands took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, sustaining catastrophic damage.
Telephone poles, rooftops, and debris were flung around like tumbleweeds. The Island is reeling from the utter devastation and destruction of its fragile infrastructure.
Shluchim Asher and Henya Federman are Chabad Shluchim on the Island. Their family sheltered in a hospital building during the storm.
“Thankfully they are physically ok,” their brother Eli Federman wrote on a fundraising site set up to help their recovery efforts.
The National Guard has been deployed, and the Shluchim have been busy comforting and providing relief on the Island.
“They chose to stay so they could aid their community,” Eli Federman said. “Many people are still missing and they are helping families locate loved ones. They are also preparing for hurricane Jose.”
One of many stories illustrating the incredible recovery work that they are doing in IRMA’s aftermath was posted on their Facebook page:
“Thank Gd for the Federmans,” wrote Nicole Stephens, after the Federmans checked up on her relatives. “Very shook up but they’re ok,” she wrote.
To assist the Federmans in their recovery efforts, click here.