VIDEO: Tim Duncan to make another trip to hurricane-ravaged Virgin Islands
SAN ANTONIO – Tim Duncan is continuing his efforts to help residents in the Virgin Islands who were affected by Hurricane Maria.
Duncan said Saturday morning he will be taking 200,000 pounds of supplies to the islands. He plans to distribute the supplies while he’s there to make sure the people who need the supplies receive them as quickly as possible and that nothing gets stuck in storage.
The donation will consist of medical supplies, tarps, generators, homemade quilts, water, and food, including 100,000 cans from Chef Boyardee. FedEx will be providing two planes to carry the supplies.
Duncan returned from the islands just three days ago. He said the islands look “pretty devastated” but the people there were very positive and very strong.
Vice President visits U.S. Virgin Islands
(AP) Vice President Pence traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands Friday. Pence visited an Episcopal church in Frederiksted that was battered by the storm, losing sections of its roof. Church leaders vowed to rebuild as sunlight streamed onto the pews from above and water and dirt lined the church's white tile floor.
Sitting in the back of the church, Jose Sanchez, a 33-year-old construction worker, said Pence's visit "builds morale. It gives us hope."
As for Maria, Sanchez said: "It was a whipping that we received. It is something that people are never going to forget, like Katrina."
Pence then boarded a military helicopter to view the damage from the air, looking on as his convoy flew over St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John — now marked by upended boats lying along the coastline, blue tarps dotting the tops of homes and vegetation ripped astray.
Pence described the wreckage as "overwhelming," but told local leaders, "the resilience of the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands is even greater."
Trump had hoped to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier in the week but the White House said difficult logistics in the aftermath of the storm prevented it from adding it to his trip to Puerto Rico.
There were few complaints. Kenneth E. Mapp, the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, said the federal government had hurricane response efforts "down to a science."
"There is no country that responds to disasters like the United States of America," Mapp said, adding that the island is making progress in its recovery and he expects schools to reopen Tuesday.