Vincentian Soca Artist Launches Eastern Caribbean Flood Relief Fund

Kevin Lyttle

News Americas, MIAMI, Florida, Fri. Dec. 27, 2013: St. Vincent-born recording artist, Kevin Lyttle, who had a worldwide hit with “Turn Me On” in 2004, is stepping in to help those affected by the Christmas flooding in his homeland as well as in St. Lucia and Dominica.

Lyttle through his family foundation, the Janice Lyttle Foundation in St. Vincent, has teamed with The Miami Foundation to establish the Eastern Caribbean Flood Relief Fund in the United States to facilitate receipt of tax deductible financial contributions to support relief efforts of the Red Cross societies of the impacted islands. Use #TeamCaribbean.

Financial donations are tax deductible and can be made:

1. Via checks made payable to “The Miami Foundation.” Include the name “Eastern Caribbean Flood Relief Fund” or c/o Janice Lyttle Foundation in the memo line of the check. Mail checks to:

The Miami Foundation
200 South Biscayne Boulevard
Suite 505
Miami, FL 33131

2. Via Credit Card at
https://miamifoundation.org/givenow?fid=tgiq4exqvUI%3d&fdesc=USMMR7T7xeps1qjwWQup2C10D9JTjvQz1ECCAMcyXopbvv0ax9U%2fuw%3d%3d
or https://bit.ly/1btRDyZ

3. Via Cash Wire Transfer:
JPMorgan Private Bank – DE
500 Stanton Christiana Rd
Newark, DE 19713
EFT/ACH ABA #267 084 131; Wiring ABA # 021 000 021
Account of: The Miami Foundation; Account # 403251668

The government of St. Lucia, meanwhile, say they are in need of canned goods, biscuits, infant formula, water, mattresses, blankets, hygiene kits, disaster kits and first aid kits, Generators, Clothes for Children & Adults, Chainsaws, Cutlass & files, Teddy Bears, Cleaning supplies, Gloves, Buckets, Mops, Bass Brooms, Gloves, Wheelbarrows and Shovels. Caribbean nationals in the New York Diaspora can drop off donations to St. Lucia House at 438 East 49th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11203.

Nationals of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in New York say their relatives are in dire need of food and water.

Many are without water in Kingstown and the surrounding areas. Residents of Vermount and Buccament persons are without pipe-borne water, food and clothing, according to the Red Cross of St. Vincent.

The water from the springs and rivers cannot be used as dead animals are floating in these waters and the sewerage system has ruptured, posing a number of health hazards.

Apart from the eight reported deaths, several Vincentians have been injured and need medical assistance or cannot be reached, the Red Cross said, adding that the hospital has been flooded on the ground floor and could not keep patients with injuries over night.

They were sent back to their homes with prescriptions that could not be filled, because pharmacies were not open for business.

Rose Bank where entire families were buried alive and still cannot be reached by the search and rescue teams as Belle Isle is blocked by a landslide.

The items needed are:
 Monetary donations
 Basic underwear for little girls and boys
 Basic T-Shirts or clothing with sizes ranging from infant to 10 years old
 Diapers/Pampers
 Slippers or shoes for their feet
 Large Recycle bags or garbage bags to store any clothing they may receive
 Bottled Water.

St. Vincent & Grenadines supporters in New York can drop off to Vaughn Tony’s organization, Friends of Crown Heights School at 671 Prospect Place, Brooklyn NY.