Whether you’re living in the Northeast, Southwest, within the US or outside, every one of us knows someone affected by the recent natural disasters. Between Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the 650-mile-wide Hurricane Irma, and the wildfires on the west coast, millions of people have suffered damages to their homes and businesses, including several members of our community. As many of these victims are our partners, friends, and family, we want to share with you a way to help.
Jewelers of America and Diamond Council of America have joined forces to create a Jewelers Disaster Relief Fund through GoFundMe.com. 100% of donations will be given to independent jewelers affected by these disasters. Please consider making a donation to help our friends in need. The fund will be ongoing and open to the public.
For those that have been impacted by these events, our hearts go out to you and your families. If there is anything we can do to help ease the transition back home, please let us know.
At the time of distribution of this Communique, people in Mexico continue to struggle in the aftermath of a deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Puebla, which affected thousands in nearby Mexico City. At the same time, Hurricane Maria ripped through the Caribbean, causing massive destruction in Puerto Rico and surrounding islands. We will be following up with our friends and colleagues in these areas and will let you know how they’re doing. In the meantime, we urge you to send your support by way of donations and prayers.