It’s no secret that Puerto Rico has been massively affected by Hurricane Maria and everyone on the island needs our help. The news footage that has been displayed all over our televisions and via the internet is absolutely devastating to say the least. Millions of people need our help and unfortunately they are just now receiving some assistance. The majority of the island is without power, drinking water and are running very low on other vital life necessities.
UPDATE: THE JONES ACT HAS BEEN LIFTED!
Now Puerto Rico can finally start receiving the help that they need, deserve and most importantly have been waiting for!
When I look at the pictures that many people have shared online, it is truly heartbreaking. From the time that I was a baby up until my early teen years, my Grandmother would take me with her to Puerto Rico whenever she had the chance. The older I got, the more I enjoyed my time there and looked forward to going back every year. The moment you land at the airport, everyone starts clapping and then as you walked to the baggage claim family members are waiting behind a glass wall waving to you as you walk by. It almost made you feel like a celebrity lol
As I got older, my Grandmother would give me a few dollars and let me go to the Pueblo (the center of town) by myself. I would just walk around for a couple of hours and just explore by going into the cutest little stores, get some ice cream and just chill out. Sometimes I would just walk up the hill and hang out at her aunt Tia Gare’s house for hours.
We would go to the nearest river or the local waterpark. My grandmother always shared her memories about all of the time that she spent there as a kid. We went to local festivals during the day that lasted well into the evenings and that’s where I saw Jerry Rivera, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Tito Rojas perform for the very first time. One year, the store RAVE opened up in the Pueblo and I nearly lost my mind over it. I begged my grandmother to take me shopping.
I wanted to share these memories with you all so that you can see just how special Puerto Rico is to me, my family and to millions of other people. We have to come together and donate in some way or another to help them survive and to hopefully one day rebuild. Of course it is going to take a lot of time and a lot of money but what we can give them that doesn’t cost anything is our love and support.
This Saturday, one of the local towns near me is holding a donation drive to help the hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. In an effort to donate as many items as possible, I reached out to my coworkers to ask for their help in making donations whether monetarily or buy purchasing items that will be shipped to the island. I will be going to my local Sam’s Club tomorrow to purchase items from the list that my friend provided for the event.
I know that a lot of my readers are latinas and I imagine that many of you have family in Puerto Rico. We have heard from my grandmother’s younger sister, my grandfather’s cousin and sister however we have yet to hear from his brothers. We are just praying that they are okay and are just waiting to have power so they can reach out to us. I hope that your families are okay and that you hear from those that have yet been able to reach out very soon.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, you can do so by visiting the Unidos Por Puerto Rico website.
Information from the website
United for Puerto Rico (Unidos Por Puerto Rico) is an initiative brought forth by the First lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María.
If you would like a list of other organizations that are raising money for both Puerto Rico and Mexico, please visit my sweet friend Naty’s blog as she recently shared a similar post in which she provided several different organizations and their contact information.
Puerto Rico needs our support. Join me and Let’s Help Puerto Rico recover!