Virgin Islanders in the Triad are joining forces to raise funds and supplies to send back to their homeland.

A fundraising event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on at Dyna Tax Services at 1006 Westside Dr. in Greensboro.

The U.S. Virgin Islands are struggling to recover after Hurricane Irma barreled through as a category 5 hurricane.

On St. Thomas, the islands only hospital lost a portion of its roof, and patients had to be evacuated from the hospital.

Nanyamka Farrelly is a founder of the non-profit Virgin Islands Worldwide that’s helping to organize the drive.
“It’s really heartbreaking to see our people suffer like this,” Farrelly said in a news release.

With Hurricane Maria likely to be a category five when it moves over the U.S. Virgin Islands Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, relief is all more critical.

Organizers of the relief drive are asked Triad Residents to donate supplies, mainly non-perishable foods, personal hygiene products, medical supplies, cleaning products and survival items like flashlights and insect spray.

If you can’t make it to the drive you can send money to or Virgin Islands Worldwide.