My name is Brooke Holcomb and I am the co-founder and Executive Director of Coastal Hope Inc. We are a fledgling non-profit organization, focusing on Coastal area families that are struggling with disasters, emergencies, or unforeseen economic situations. Our goal is to provide these families with relief, assistance, and hope during their difficult times. We work closely with community businesses and professionals to acquire funding, services, and supplies to help Coastal families withstand the tides that life throws at them. We are a registered 501(c)(3 ) tax exempt public charity.
My husband Cody and I, along with our family and friends have been operating this mission for some years now. It all started years ago when my Mom, Lynn, and I started helping Treasure Coast families with Thanksgiving meals for them to cook at home. We had a tremendous response to that, so we continued to do it every year after, until my mom was too sick to help. My amazing mom passed away a few days after Thanksgiving in 2017. That began the most difficult time in my life. Her acts of kindness were an inspiration to us and others around us. We gathered a team of family and friends who volunteered to continue her legacy. In the 2 years after my mom’s passing, we were able to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for over 65 families. We hope to continue and expand this effort in her memory for years to come.
The following year in September 2019, hurricane Dorian was approaching the Abacos. Having spent so much time there, Cody especially, watched in horror knowing that the result would be catastrophic. At that moment, Abaco Relief Alliance was born. With the tremendous help of our friends and community, we successfully coordinated medical evacuations, tens of thousands of dollars in food and supply donations and so much more to our beloved Bahamian neighbors. The outpouring of love during this time was staggering, and we are still humbled by the experience. We desperately wanted to make Coastal Hope official at this point but hit some road bumps and were unable to do so.
Following this, we had an anonymous donor come forward. He wanted to help multiple families have an amazing Christmas. With his donation we were able to help 13 Treasure Coast children and families have nearly everything on their wish lists, including new Christmas trees to help with their spirits. We delivered all the gifts unwrapped and covertly to allow the parents to wrap them (with the supplies included) as they saw fit.
Then came COVID...
Cody and I have been immersed in the marine and fishing industry for the majority of our lives. Cody recognized a need within our community, due to the COVID shutdown. That was charter boat owner operators and their families, who had been shut down completely with no source of income. Save The Charter Boats was born. Cody, knowing I am ALWAYS down to help someone in need, asked me how we can help these families affected by this pandemic. Cody had already started the Facebook group to help charter boats network, when I came up with the idea to "waffle" charters to help get some trips on the books and raise some extra operating capital for them. We put it together and hosted our first live Facebook event for a local charter captain who was also a huge asset in providing relief and assistance to the northern Bahamas during their time of need. Our first Save The Charter Boats contest sold out in 32 minutes and raised nearly $3,000 to help Daymaker Charters with his operating costs while being shut down. To this point (5/19/2020), we have raised nearly $12,000 in donations and prizes going directly to charter boat owner operators and their families.
The bottom line is that we recognize that people want to do good and help their communities. We hope to continue to be a vessel to allow people to reach those who need it in their most difficult times. So please, join us on this journey. We ask that you share our story and, if possible, donate funds to our cause. Anything you can do to help us in helping others is greatly appreciated.
Please welcome our new official logo!
We are so thrilled to have this logo as our representation. There is a lot of meaning behind what you see.
Turquoise, a combination of blue and green, symbolizes healing, calmness, tranquility, freshness, and energy. Yellow is the color of happiness, optimism, of enlightenment and creativity, and sunshine.
The lighthouse symbolizes permanence and constancy, with its steady light that never ceases. The light produced by the lighthouse is a derivative symbol, representing the ability to emit energy and influence those around you.
A Plumeria flower represents dedication and devotion in some cultures. While in other cultures, the Plumeria symbolizes immortality and hope, probably because the tree will produce new blooms even after it is uprooted.
Then we have the Frigate bird, it's inability to swim is negated by its large wingspan and maneuverability, allowing it to stay in the air for several days. It can fly and turn quickly to catch prey out of the water. It reflects one which is aware of its shortcomings but uses its potential to negate these flaws.
All these things embody what we wish to bring to Coastal families that are impacted by emergencies, disasters or unforeseen economic situations.
We created an online community effort to assist charter boat captains, with complete loss of income during the COVID-19 nation wide shut down.
With the outstanding support of our community, we were able to send an unbelievable amount of relief aid to the Bahamas in the days and months following the devastation from hurricane Dorian.
We provide families with everything they need to cook and enjoy their very own Thanksgiving meal, at home, together with family.
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. The family, the fun, the cooking, the food, and just enjoying all the things you are thankful for. Thanksgiving 2017 changed that for me forever, as I watched my best friend slip away. Thanksgiving 2017, was day 12 of 17 of at home hospice care for my Mommy. My dad and I watched the parade, ate cold leftovers family and friends brought, and tried to "enjoy" our last favorite holiday with our favorite girl. I am doing my best to not let that 1 terrible Thanksgiving define the 28 other wonderful ones I have had in my life.
The best way I know how to quell the pain and honor my mom, is to continue what we started several years ago. My mom and I would put a call out to friends and family, to donate some funds to help us provide Thanksgiving dinners to families, in need of a leg up that year.
Then we would put a call out on social media for anyone that may know of a family who otherwise would not have a Thanksgiving of their own. We then would use the donations to grocery shop for everything the families would need to cook their very own Thanksgiving meal at home with their loved ones, because let's face it, that's the best part of Thanksgiving! We would provide a Turkey, roasting pan, potatoes, stuffing, veggies, yams, gravy, rolls, pie and even treats for the family dog if they had one. After we shopped, we would assemble the meals and deliver them.
So, that is exactly what I have done the past 2 years since she has been gone, except on a much bigger scale! With the help of amazing friends and Family, we have raised enough money to help over 65 families have a Thanksgiving meals in 2018 and 2019!
I sincerely hope that these meals will bring the joy of Thanksgiving into family homes. I hope they enjoy every moment of Thanksgiving with their loved ones.
The smell of the turkey, the giggles of little ones or not so little ones,
the crazy stories uncle Bob tells, all of it!. I can only hope these meals are enjoyed by the receiving families half as much as it was by us bringing it to them.
The last week of October is when I typically put out the application for families to nominate themselves or someone they know. The first week of November, I call every single family personally and let them know that they will be receiving everything they need for Thanksgiving. This is my favorite part, some people don't have much to say, some cry, and all are incredibly grateful.
We LOVE our volunteers who help me shop, sort, assemble, and deliver the baskets of food. It is an amazing experience and encourage everyone to get involved!
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” —Aesop
Thank you for your interest in our contest series, our goal is to help the charter boat community out with a focus on Owner-Operators in this time of great need. One hundred percent of the donations go directly to the charter boat. We do not collect any fees for running the contest series. We encourage everyone to join our Facebook group (Save the charter boats) which is currently over 2,000 members strong and growing. Whether participating or not, we encourage everyone to join our FREE mass text service by texting the word “CONTEST” to 866-4FLYZONE, based in the USA. This will enable us to push important information, updates, and contest results straight to your phone.
How our contest series works:
We sell 75-100 spots via Facebook live event, you choose the number(s) you would like to make a donation for, for a chance to win a FULL DAY charter aboard the selected charter boat for that contest. Number availability goes by the administrators screen at the time of the live event. Once all spots are filled the winner will be chosen via random number generator, the following night, on Facebook live.
If you have any questions or concerns about this contest series, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck to all who enter! Stay safe and God bless.
1. New Contest location announcement.
2. Boat Application process – 1 week
3. Boat Review/approval process – 2 days
4. Live Random drawing for boat name.
5. Boat promotional period lasts 3 days
6. Contest for winning a charter
HOW IT WORKS FOR CHARTER BOATS TO ENTER:
1st step: Charter boat operators will send us an email to email@example.com asking to be added to the list of contestants. The deadline for the application period will be 1 week. 2nd step: We will email them the rules and application packet, to be filled out and emailed back to us. 3rd Step: All qualified contestants will be given a number. 4th Step: Upon completion of the application period for the selected county or region, we will hold a Facebook live random.org drawing. Final Step: Once the number and its corresponding name have been announced, we will hold a random drawing contest, with one hundred percent of the donations going to the charter boat, on the Save the charter boats Facebook page for the charter at the predetermined date and time on Facebook live and text service. First Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line of (insert your county name here) county charter contest and request to be sent the info to join. Next: Fill out the request for information sent to you as an attachment in a PDF format from the email address email@example.com. • Must be an Owner Operator • Must have been in business for a minimum of 3 years • Must have run 2 trips a week average for 2019 • Must have business set up on your state's division of corporations’ website as an LLC or Inc. • Must self-promote this contest series and your business daily Must provide the following: • Price for full day charter • A copy of the business license • A copy of registration and/or documentation • A copy of captains license
• A recent photo of the vessel • Marina name with address where vessel is kept (if applicable) • Letter detailing hardships and any actions taken to lessen their impact • Link to charter social media accounts (if applicable) • Website address
We have created an amazing online community to support charter boats during the COVID19 crisis. To see our contests and more please click below .