Captain of 50-foot catamaran sails to Virgin Islands from DC to help hurricane victims

Captain of 50-foot catamaran to sail to the Virgin Islands from DC. (Amy Aubert/ABC7)

A captain of a 50-foot catamaran plans to sail to Jost Van Dyke Island to help those hurt by the hurricane.

“It’s like there’s so much that could be done in the world, why don’t I get out and make a difference?” said Matthew Hock.

Hock, with the International Rescue Group, is taking down a boat load of donations to the island to help after hurricanes and tropical storms pummeled the area.

“The opportunity to get out and help other people is what inspired me,” he said.

“We didn’t sleep for days watching this, trying to find ways that we could help,” said Debbie Cloud.

Debbie and Chris Cloud lived in the islands until moving to Virginia in March. For them, the disaster hit close to home.

“I feel like I’ve got to try to do something and then I see this outpouring of support,” said Chris Cloud, of the donations and volunteers. “I mean, we have a boat load of people who have been coming in and out all day.”

One of those volunteers on Saturday was Rennie Grant.

“It really warms your heart to know that people are really helping others in need,” Grant said.

The donations ranged from coloring books to boxes full of building supplies.

“It’s just been so wonderful that people have come together and have been able to put stuff together so quickly,” Hock said.

Hock says they are collecting donations to take down until they embark on their journey on Wednesday. Anyone interested in dropping off donations can do so to the James Creek Marina in Southwest D.C.

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