Last week Irma a devastating hurricane hit most of Florida causing unheard of destruction. The Florida Keys sustained a direct hit causing considerable damage to homes and businesses. I went to high school Marathon in the middle of the Florida Keys 50 miles from Key West and a little over 100 miles to Miami. Marathon is a small town with 4 stop lights with a 2 lane road (US 1) going through it. When you are in Marathon beautiful crystal clear blue water is always in sight, the Gulf of Mexico on one side to the island (key to be more accurate) and the Atlantic Ocean the other side. This small town made me who I am today. I was inspired to become a teacher by many of the teachers at Marathon High School, I love to share stories of my days in high school with students at Holy Cross. Ask any 5th grader about Number 9! or 8th grader about Hi-Ever! I may have migrated out of the keys along with some of my classmates, but our hearts are still in Marathon.
The evacuation order for the Keys came way back on September 6, many people migrated north. Because there is no electric, water, sewers, and debris was strewn all over the roads and bridges, Marathon has been closed for over a week. Yesterday was the first day Marathon was open to residents, still no electric, water, sewage, and limited cell service. The pictures are truly terrible and sad, hi-ever (inside Marathon High joke) I spoke with a classmate this morning, and he is confident Marathon will rebuild and be better than ever!!
The next couple of days and months are going to be tough on the Florida Keys as they pick up the pieces left behind by Irma. Being part of the Holy Cross family, I would like to ask you to consider a small donation or a prayer for my hometown of Marathon, FL. A classmate has agreed to deliver our offerings to the people of Marathon in most need.
Basic necessities are valued in the short term. If you would like to help, they are requesting items in a 1-gallon zip lock bag. Items include:
- Adhesive bandages
- safety pins
- Toothpaste Dental Floss
- Body wash & soap
- Hand sanitizer
- Disposable razors
- shaving cream
- combs and brushes
- Cotton swabs
- Pocket Tissues
- Gift card to Home Depot (Only Hardware store in Marathon), Kmart, Publix, or Walgreens
- Marathon is a small town there is not a mall, the best they have is K Mart.
Please drop off donations to the bin in front of the office by Tuesday, September 19.
Thank you for your generosity and God Bless
Pictures Marathon, Fl after Irma
Friends House before Irma and after (Ocean surge was about 7 feet)