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October 30, 2017

Fauquier couple helping island hurricane victims

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Chris Cloud wheels donated supplies down the pier in Washington, D.C.
“The Rendezvous Cay,” a chartered, 50-foot catamaran will carry the donations to Jost van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands.
Moved by the effects of two hurricanes on their former island home, the Marshall residents jumped into action.

Chris and Debbie Cloud knew they had to help the people of Jost van Dyke, a small part of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.

After managing a small resort on the island for the last 2-1/2 years, the couple moved back to Fauquier in March and started a real estate business.

In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria last month, much of the island lay in ruins.

So the Clouds decided to spearhead a local response to help island residents and friends.

They partnered with the non-profit Jost van Dykes Preservation Society, operated by a friend on the island, to collect supplies.

The non-profit International Rescue Group has chartered a 50-foot catamaran, the “Rendezvous Cay,” to deliver supplies to the island.

On Saturday, volunteers loaded the boat, docked at James Creek Marina in Washington, D.C., with basic necessities, construction items and generators.

The boat will leave Wednesday and another will sail from Annapolis in a few weeks with more supplies.

Citizens can help with donations to the preservation society or the purchase of supplies through an Amazon wish list page, Mr. Cloud said.

“They really don’t need teddy bears,” Mrs. Cloud said. “They need bug spray and building supplies. They need feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes and diapers.”

Anyone with items to donate may call Mrs. Cloud at 571-469-1068. For more information, click here.

“They’re family. We want to make sure they have what they need,” Mr. Cloud said.

— Cassandra Brown

Click here for WTOP’s story on the effort.

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