Since 2016, the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Martin has played host to house and techno DJs and fans from all around the world during spring's SXM Festival. Now, the island and its inhabitants are overwhelmed by devastation in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Streets are drowned by surge tides, and homes and businesses have been leveled as estimates declare 95 percent of the island destroyed.
It's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, especially as more storms continue to brew in the warm waters of the Atlantic. if you're wondering how you can help, you can start by donating to SXM's official GoFundMe fundraisuer, officially sanctioned by the St. Martin tourist bureau in partnership with the local government.
“The beauty and welcoming spirit of St. Martin continues to be an anchor in my life and that of my closest friends and family," SXM Founder Julian Prince is quoted in a press release. "Now, it is time for us to give back to this amazing community as it needs our help more than ever. Through my life-long relationship with the island, I have built a unique bond with the local government which I am now using to pinpoint their immediate needs and appropriately allocate the funds we are raising. At the moment, these needs revolve around getting drinking water, food, first aid supplies, and other basic needs to the people of the island. As we communicate further with the local government and other needs are raised, we will update donors as to where resources are being allocated. Please help us stand behind our St. Martin brothers and sisters in this time of need. We appreciate any funds or supplies you can offer.”