Today we’d like to share a message with you from Hannah Jones. Hannah lives on St. John and is currently on island. I taught her son Jack at Gifft Hill in 2015-2016. He’s a great kid and a talented musician. That’s a testament to Hannah. Hannah posted the following note on her Facebook page yesterday. It gives a good glimpse of what’s currently happening on St. John. She gave us permission to share it with all of you.
Making progress on my moms place but it’s slow going. It’s a long day for many reasons. We dropped jack off at school today, he goes from 10-2. Then we went to both hardware stores to secure a generator for my mom. No luck. Then we drive to coral bay past all the destruction. We see it every day and it is still jarring and I fight tears back each time. The devastation is indescribable and unfathomable. It looks like a bomb exploded here leaving trees bare and snapped like toothpicks. Telephone poles, matchsticks.
We go by the fire station to get our free sandwich and refugee supplies, yesterday was a small box of water, 3 small boxed milks, and 2 MREs (meals ready to eat). One was ravioli. Then we wind the way to EdeN, avoiding downed phone poles and hanging wires. They have made a lot of progress clearing the roads but not our driveway. Then I mopped up water with old towels in my moms lower level, and threw out every bookcase, everything is ruined down there. She works in the upstairs or the yard. We work hard but visually don’t see very much progress. Today we brought a cooler with us so had a cold beer in the shade surveying our work. Then we drove back to pick up jack at 2. There are 78 kids at the school, it is the only school open so public and private are all together now.
Then we went to cruz bay to register for a tarp from the army corps of engineers. Then we had our free lunch provided by Longboard – THANK YOU!!! We found bob and said hi to folks, some I haven’t seen since Irma. Eliza Magro wanted me to pass along the word that she is taking professional photos of destroyed homes and properties for insurance for $150. PM me if you need her #. Also love city strong is hiring for $10.00 / hour people to canvass neighborhoods door to door to find out what each family needs whether it be a tarp roof or whatever and make a list so assistance can get what they need. They are having a meeting from 11-2 at mongoose Saturday for more information.
Now we are “home” staying with a friend. No power so no shower but a gallon jug of water does the trick. At sundown we will have a generator to cook with, drink some wine with a little light, read GOT (ok only I do that) and go to bed and start all over tomorrow. For me it’s day 3 of doing this, since I was stranded in PR, but for everyone else it’s day 22. No one is starving. But life is not easy. Being with my family makes it easier and it hurts to know I have to leave and cannot stay to do more. I’ll do this every day with my mom until I go in a week. Anyway, just a little update. St John people can’t really get on Facebook but I thought my friends/ family stateside might like to know what we are up to. There a lot of people who may forget when the news stops or moved on to other bullshit petty things, that this reality will be going on for a LONG time. And that is just here, don’t get me started in Puerto Rico, compared to there, were looking good. Anyway, love to all and it will only get better ❤️💛💚 #lovecitystrong