Red Cross offers help but no shelter for fire victims

POSTED: 10/23/13 7:35 PM

St. Maarten – “We have been so blessed with the help of the Red Cross, we are very thankful,” was one of the many positive reactions from victims of the fire in Colebay. Some 60 people were looking for shelter yesterday at the Red Cross and according to Operations Manager Julia Boasman the victims can come in every day to collect food and water. “There are some people who went to the French side and we can’t reach them. I would like to tell those to come over to the Red Cross, so that everybody gets what they deserve.”

Boasman said that she gives out aid packages every day. They are put together with the help of civil servants and other volunteers. Many companies already donated food, water and clothes such as; Isle de Sol, Caribbean Liquors, Cost-U–Less, Rotary Club, Extreme, the American University of the Caribbean, the Indian Associations from both sides and Divico.

“This is only a small selection of the people who are helping us out by donating,” Boasman said. “Many individuals are coming as well. The Red Cross can help the victims with food and drinks, but that we are not able to provide shelter during the night. That is their biggest need.”

The Ministry of Public Health Social Development and Labor is asking the community to help the fire victims. All citizens, non-governmental organizations, religious organizations, and businesses that want to donate can do so at the Red Cross on the Airport Road 34 in Simpson Bay.

For information call 545-2333, 545-2304 or email to

Critical items for donation are; bottled water, non-perishable foods, clothing, feminine hygiene products, personal items (soap, towels, body lotion, powder and deodorant), housewares items (pots, pans, dishes).

“I urge the community to assist the victims where possible; in addition, it is important to have these activities channeled through one organization, the Red Cross,” Minister Cornelius de Weever stated in a press release.

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