ST. CROIX — One Virgin Islander has taken the initiative to start a Thanksgiving food drive on St. Croix to help victims of domestic abuse enjoy the upcoming holiday.

Lowayna “Lola” Durant, owner of dessert business “Simply Sweet by Lola,” is leading the effort to collect non-perishable food items for families housed at the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix shelter.

— Contact Brandy Brookes at 340-714-9131 or email