Superior woman provides hurricane relief
A retired educator from Superior was among the American Red Cross volunteers in the path of Hurricane Maria.
Diane Dunder is volunteering in St. Thomas, which was previously damaged by Hurricane Irma. She flew to the U.S. Virgin Islands Sept. 10 to help with relief efforts. Dan Williams, executive director of the American Red Cross Serving Northern Minnesota, said they got their first call from Dunder Thursday.
"It's a mess down there," Williams said.
The boat trip to St. Thomas, Dunder told Williams, was "rocking and rolling" due to the storm that had just passed.
The biggest building left intact in St. Thomas has been turned into a shelter, according to Williams, and that's where Dunder is working. Members of the U.S. Navy recently visited the shelter to repair the roof and dump water out of the fluorescent ceiling light casings.
Both electricity and hot water on the island are intermittent. Even access to food has been variable.
"It's improving every day, but it's not good," Williams said.
Dunder also sent a few pictures, including one of Red Cross volunteers gathered on the deck of a yacht. The owner of the yacht allowed them to use his satellite connection to send texts, Williams said.
There are five volunteers from the American Red Cross Serving Northern Minnesota currently serving in the Virgin Islands. Dunder is serving a three-week deployment in St. Thomas.
Local relief efforts
Barkers Island Inn is hosting a Hurricane Relief Benefit for the Red Cross noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 1. Oliver Companies is accepting donations of food, cash and prizes for the event.
There will be a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, 50/50 drawing, bake sale and more, with all the proceeds going to fund Red Cross relief efforts for those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
"We are so thankful to all who have donated and will be donating," said Shannon Olson, general manager of Barker's Island Inn. "In times of need, we can always count on the Twin Ports. We are a very giving community not just when our community needs help but throughout the United States and world."
To donate, call (715) 392-7152, email Shannon.firstname.lastname@example.org or send a check to Barker's Island Inn, 300 Marina Drive, Superior, WI 54880.