A friend in Placencia told me they needed children's clothes desparately (the bulk of the donations have been adult clothing). Especially shoes for kids - like beach shoes, tennis shoes, sandles, even flip flops I would think. A lot of debris around and kids who are used to going barefoot are not able to walk around without stepping on nails, etc.. Kid's T-shirts and shorts and simple washable dresses. Elementary school uniforms in Placencia are navy blue jumpers for girls and pants for boys and light blue peter pan collar blouses..I think green jumpers/pants and yellow blouses in Seine Bight..I am sure a lot of that was lost, and they re-opened school in Placencia this week without a roof...school supplies also could be brought down in luggage. Also heard that the Mayas need kids clothes and sheets or light blankets to wrap babies in. Someone on another board said they like to make thier own clothes, especially ladies dresses, so bolts of cotton cloth, solid colors. I have wondered how many had their treadle sewing machines ruined (?). Check out the report from Frank on this board, maybe he will give us more ideas on what they need.
As to the question about tourists coming down at a time like this: Please, please come if you are planning to visit places from Hopkins village north, which includes all of the cayo jungle lodges, Ambergris and Caye Caulker, Belize City district. These areas were not affected by the hurricane and your tourism dollars invested there will help southern Belize recover just as much as sending supplies. Placencia peninsula and the Toledo district today are not able to host tourists since things like food, electricity and water are being stretched to supply the residents, and anyone extra there right now would be a burden...but please ask in the next few days, weeks, about a particular destination down there, please don't just assume they are not open for business. With regard to the Palcencia peninula in particular, I personally know people there are working to re-open or re-build their businesses, some probably as soon as next month. They will be needing customers and that will be the best way to help them recover in the coming weeks! So don't forget about hurricane relief when the emergency needs are past.