Caring for the Caribbean Road Trip by MacKenzie Joy
We’ve partnered up with Mackenzie Joy, a resident of St. Thomas to help coordinate her next cross country trip to gather supplies and raise funds for victims of hurricane Irma and Maria in the USVI.
Hi! My name is MacKenzie Miller, and I need YOUR help!
I moved to the island of St. Thomas in January of 2017 and fell in love…With the island, the people, and, the community. An Island full of joy and true camaraderie among its residents, I couldn’t help but feel at home.
After Hurricane Irma and Maria devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands, I instantly knew I had to help. I started collecting relief supplies and monetary donations to ship items down to St. Thomas. From there, I traveled around the West Coast picking up relief donations from individuals that wanted to help but had no way to get supplies down to STT.
A few weeks passed, and suddenly through a friend, I had the opportunity to travel across the country from Los Angeles to Miami in a rented Penske Box Truck. I stopped in 12 different cities along the way and collected 2.5 pallets worth of supplies! 2,905 POUNDS of donations, shipped through Viking freight for St. Thomas!
I’m now heading a SECOND cross country trip! This time going through 10 different states and 13 cities! Coordinating supply drop locations, and events to accumulate as many supplies as I can! In order to get across the country I need your support! Help me cover fuel costs and transport Hurricane relief supplies down to our beloved USVI’s!!
Follow MacKenzie’s journey day to day via the interactive map below.
10/31-11/02 Bend, OR
11/03-11/04 Seattle, WA
11/05 Ashland, OR
11/06 Sunnyvale, CA
11/07-11/08 Los Angeles + San Diego
11/09-11/10 Pheonix, AZ
11/11-11/13 Austin, TX
11/14-11/16 New Orleans, LA
11/18 Orlando + Ft. Lauderdale