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#142723 04/21/02 05:35 PM
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The tragic fire in the early Saturday morning hours which destroyed I believe seven homes and Captain Sharks (a local business) has the Town of San Pedro very sad, but motivated. Many of the business' in town are closed and the Town Park is the sight of a big fundraiser for the victims of the fire, which are homeless in its wake. This particular location in town, the Air Strip Area, is home to many good hard working people who could least afford such a twist in fate. There is need here for some financial assistance. I don't know of any particular vehicle of donation except the Red Cross. Maybe are fearless leader, Marty, can set something up?

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#142724 04/22/02 01:21 AM
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I just got back from being out of town and learned of this.
I do not recommend donations being sent to the Red Cross. The Red Cross is a huge international bureaucracy and a hefty percentage of funds raised go to fancy salaries and perks for
its top honchos, expensive offices, etc.
My recommendation is that we seek out people we know and trust in town and ask who needs help, and donate cash directly to the families who lost homes in the fire. That is what I intend to do.

Susan Guberman-Garcia, Attorney at Law. Phone: 510-792-2639
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#142725 04/22/02 09:14 AM
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What about those of us who are arriving in the near future. I don't have room to haul down anything, but I am sure a cash donation would be gratefully accepted. Is there a place that is set up for this in town?

#142726 04/22/02 09:49 AM
Caribe Island has organized a Cash drive for our owners, staff and guests, and have already donated about 1500! If you need a contact person, please get in touch with Tricia ([email protected]) and she can steer you in the right direction.
There are many helping out in fundraising, as well as other donations. It sure was a tragic event, but as always, the islanders and islander-lovers (wanna-bes) are showing their true colors, and love for these people.

#142727 04/22/02 04:29 PM
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There was a big benefit at the City Park on Sunday. With the help of some big hearted people, the sum of $83,xxxBLZ (or $41,500US) was contributed. I do in retrospect agree totally with Susan regarding contributions. I do know that the Belize Bank has opened an account under "Fire Victims Fund". If anyone would care to write a check to the "Fire Victims Fund", I would be happy to deposit it in the Belize Bank. My address is Bill Thornton, PO Box 245, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America (do not abbreviate CA., it sometimes ends up in California). PS. DO NOT SEND CASH!!!!!!

[This message has been edited by Bill Thornton (edited 04-22-2002).]

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#142728 04/23/02 09:06 AM
Joined: Jan 2001
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just wanted to say the gay guy who does the san pedro sun needs shooting what an @ss he is! he started the fire on that nite which burnt down 7 houses including one of my best friends now he has nothing! i wish i could lay into the guy who started the fire! starting a fire just because he had an arguement with his wife! hope he stays locked up for good!!

#142729 04/23/02 01:38 PM
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I believe until all the facts are in we should focus our energy on something positive--aid for the victims. Rumours run rampant! Pointing fingers and finding fault is easy to do--lets work hard to help. I am here, watched the fire, etc.

#142730 05/10/02 03:21 PM
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Thanks, Hope! Got your gift of love, today.

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#142731 05/13/02 10:16 AM
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Sure hope you received additional checks from other board members Bill.
The $ I sent you surely won't go very far.
Keep us updated on the progress!

[This message has been edited by denverdan (edited 05-13-2002).]

#142732 05/13/02 04:14 PM
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Hi Hope: Sent your reciept today in the mail. Yours was the only donation I recieved so far. Remember its not the amount, its from where its coming that counts the most. Take care: Bill

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