Supporting Anguilla after Hurricane Irma
We’re still assessing damages at the hotel but are optimistic about our recovery. Much of our ability to continue to work after this disaster is because of the wonderful staff that we call family. We are sad to report that many Frangipani staff members have sustained severe damage to their homes, and some have lost theirs entirely. We have offered the hotel as shelter for employees that currently don’t have a home but are focused on helping them rebuild their lives. We greatly appreciate all of the love that we’ve received, and many of you have asked how to help. We have set up a Frangipani Employee Relief Fund and will work to help each employee rebuild their homes and lives. We are personally overseeing that these funds are allocated to those in need. For those wanting to contribute, we think that this is the most meaningful and impactful way, and we hope that you will share this with others who may be interested in donating.
We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has reached out! Together we will make Frangipani and the island of Anguilla even greater.
Smiles, laughs & thank yous from the BPYDC
As you may recall, our team at the Frangipani Beach Resort pioneered the Pack for a Purpose project on Anguilla. Through the program, visitors to the island – not just guests at the resort – can bring necessary supplies for us to donate to the youth program. The center, run by one paid staff member and a slew of volunteers, is run entirely on donations. After a couple of months of collections, we had 96 pounds of goods; everything from books and flashcards to watercolors and construction paper donated by a number of incredible individuals that have helped us get this program off the ground.
We were lucky enough to take the supplies to the youth center and see the kids’ faces as we delivered bag after bag of gifts. The children at BYPDC wanted to say thank you to everyone who has helped to make this possible thus far:
The pure happiness, gratitude and excitement in the air was remarkable – it’s a wonderful reminder as to why we adopted this program in the first place. It’s an opportunity for us give back to the island and to help guests do the same. Before we could even finish unloading, kids had taken books and begun reading; some started chatting about what they were going to do with their new arts and crafts supplies. Below are a few snapshots of the kids digging through their new supplies.
If you’re interested in donating supplies during your trip to Anguilla, please visit our Pack for a Purpose webpage to see what supplies will be most beneficial to the center’s efforts. For more information on other countries working with Pack for a Purpose, please visit their site. Thank you to the Blowing Point Youth Development Center for working to create a program like this in the first place. We’re honored to be a small part of such a great project!
Our guests never cease to amaze us! One of our guests, Kirk Nelson, who joined us from Iowa for a week-long beach getaway, shared some of his incredible snapshots with us. Needless to say, we’re impressed and flattered to see such stunning photos of our hotel and amazing Meads Bay!
Thank you, Kirk, for sharing your photos and your experience with the Frangipani!