Croix hosting dozens of firefighters
community action in USVI providing vacations for New York’s finest who
served in 9-11 catastrophe.
of New York City firefighters and their families are enjoying the hospitality of
St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) this winter as they recuperate from
the ordeal thanks to generosity and community action on the island.
In December five firefighters
and their families were initially brought down to St. Croix from New York for
all-expense paid vacations and the community is now preparing to welcome another
25 firefighters and their families, according to organizer Chuck Ulrich.
Donations raised by the group
of St. Croix residents covers the air fares, lodging and much of their
entertainment on the island. “As the word has spread in New York we have been
getting more and more requests from other firefighters as well as policemen and
emergency medical personnel,” said Ulrich. “But at some point we’ve got to
cut this off.”
Coordinating the free rentals
is Vacations St. Croix where owner Marti Gotts lists their villas’
regular cost at $2,000 to $4,500 weekly. Gotts said that 90% of the unit
owners donated their seaside luxurious villas for the cause.
“In addition to free food
and drink, they are being provided with kayaking, snorkeling and tours of Buck
Island,” said Gotts. “There are also donations of rental cars, tours, art,
music, dinners ,massages, golf, you name it.”
American Airlines has offered
discounted fares to the firefighters and their families and the USVI Department
of Tourism has agreed to donate the money for the next group of 25 firefighters.
People interested in
supporting the worthy cause may donate to the St. Croix Foundation for Community
Development, Chandlers Wharf Bldg., Gallows Bay, St. Croix, USVI 00820 or by
contacting Ulrich at (340)773 1902 or online at www.St.Croix.net.
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