In September of 2017, two Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, made landfall in the Leeward Islands (including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico etc.) causing mass destruction and displacing thousands. The USVI Relief Fund was created in response to this devasting natural disaster to help aid the people of St. John and St. Thomas and restore the islands back to their serene states.
Photographer Sara Bobeldyk, of Latitude X Photography, applied for our Canvas for a Cause Program soon after the hurricanes and asked us to pledge our support. With the efforts of volunteers like Sara, the USVI Relief Fund has been able to process, catalog, and move over 400,000 pounds of donated relief supplies to be distributed by the organization and contacts on the ground in the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. You can learn more about the USVI Relief Fund Mission and efforts here.
On behalf of Canvas for a Cause, we donated prints featuring Sara's work to fundraising events in both Breckenridge and Denver, Colorado this fall. Keep reading to learn more about Sara's amazing efforts to support this cause, and how our print donations, as well as your own generous donation, can help restore and rebuild the U.S. Virgin Islands.