By Ellen Zoe Golden
With swift response to the devastation in areas outside of town that were affected byTropical Storm Nate last month, the people and businesses of Tamarindo rallied and set into motion efforts to provide immediate assistance to the individuals and families who were hit the hardest. Floods invaded property in the area, destroying the inside and out of the homes in the Santa Cruz canton.
“Many areas of Villareal, Santa Rosa, 27 de Abril, El Lanito, Cebadilla and others are devastated,” reported Lola Dranker ZA, owner of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Hero Academy in Tamarindo, an early mobilizer for donated supplies, food, and animal food that she and volunteers delivered to affected areas. “It seems like every area has at least 60 severely devastated families followed by numbers in the hundreds that were spared their homes, but lost their possessions because many homes had flooding as much as four feet. Many lost their homes completely.”
Among the opportunities for locals to help have included:
- Tamarindo Cares—fundraising party at El Splendor attended by 300 people with donations at the door and silent auction (online and at the event) that brought in over $10,500 as THE Tamarindo News went to press.
- gofundme.com/tamarindocares — online site that at press time raised $11,000 in 10 days towards the goal of $100,000
- https://www.gofundme.com/CostaRicaFloodAid –organized by Beachside Clinic and raised $25,000 at press time for flood victims.
- CEPIA, Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de Tamarindo (ADI), Hero Academy, Sharkeys, Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas, Capitán Suizo, Art Gallery Café and other businesses and organizations in town—solicited and served as drop off centers for food, clothes, diapers, baby food, animal food, mattresses, appliances and more and distributed them to affected areas.
- Tamarindo Backpackers—raised about $1,000 from BBQ immediately following the storm
- Klara Hood—presented two yoga classes to benefit victims
- Papaya Con Leche—Part of the sales of swimwear and clothes in the month of October go to those in need
- Mermaids & Sailors Yoga Studio—Garage Sale of goods to raise money
- Crazy Monkey Bar and Restaurant—took donations to enter their Friday Night Ladies night instead of admission and those with canned goods got in free
- Cavallini and Dr. Carvajal—brought donated animal food and free medical care to animals deeply affected by the storm
The list is by no means complete. Many people did service of this sort without publicity.
Said Brian Bratton of Plantation Properties/Christie’s Real Estate, who along with Lindsey Gaston organized the Tamarindo Cares fundraiser: “While Tamarindo itself and most of the surrounding beach communities are back to normal, unfortunately, many parts of the areas just inland were devastated. Basic necessities don’t exist and we saw a need to help support the existing, on-the-ground charity organizations with both in-country and online/international fundraising.”
Bratton hopes to purchase big-ticket items for those who need refrigerators and other appliances, and furniture, as well as whatever else is needed.