Thanks for putting up with me like the telemarketer that calls during dinner. This will be the last post for the fund we started that will go directly to the forum friends living in Cozumel. Those members include Antonio, Betsyinczm, Hotelflamingo, Robertsdf, and Trishincozumel. If anyone knows of one that I missed, please speak up on this thread or forever hold your peace.
It looks like the reality is, the island is going to take longer to get back on its feet than we initially thought. This is the second major hurricane to hit the island this year, and the second time income has halted for the island. Again, a small forum can not make a difference for the whole island, but it can make a huge difference for a few of our friends.
We received generous exposure on the Cancun forum in a post that listed four relief funds including the Red Cross and our relief fund! It ran for a couple of days, and then it was removed. This leads me to believe that Trip Advisor may not approve of this type of solicitation. They had several Charitable Organizations as sponsors on their home page a few days ago, so I understand it may have been a conflict of interest.
Remember, this fund is not a registered charitable organization with any state or federal agency, just a group of friends helping out other friends. For this reason, any contributions should not be used as a deduction on federal tax returns. I hope that does not deter anyone, just a few dollars is all that is recommended.
If you would like to contribute, now or in the future, please copy the following information. This is the information as posted by Tom, the owner of the Hotel Flamingo in Cozumel.
PO Box 3172
or paypall to email@example.com
The check can be made out in my name- Thomas Fryer . Just indicate "Cozumel relief fund" on the letter. Please include your email address so that I can send you an email to confirm receipt. I will cash the checks and bring the cash down to the island. Right now, there is still no power there so we have no access to ATMs and the banks are all closed. I will just hold on to the money until I get instructions on who to distribute it to.
I am officially grounded from Trip Advisor and the internet for a little while by my wife. She thinks I'm addicted and spending too much time on here. If anyone has any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk to ya'll in a few weeks.