It is sad to think that it has already been a month and four days since Hurricane Maria literally destroyed our beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Since then, I have been relying on Twitter to get my news updates because watching the news on TV is just too much. Every station and every reporter is essentially showing the reality of what life is like right now on the island.
A family member of mine recently went to Puerto Rico to check on his mom and he posted a Facebook live video where he could barely talk because he was so emotional. He described what the current living conditions are right now and what he has witnessed since he arrived. A few days later, he shared another FB video when he went to Walmart with his mom. It took him four hours or more which is double the amount of time it takes to get there. He showed the line of people waiting to get into the store and let me just say that it resembled more than what you would imagine on the morning after Thanksgiving. He stated that roads were still covered in debris, cops were directing traffic as the stop lights still were not working and being there seeing it for yourself was far worse than just watching on tv. I just couldn’t even imagine.
Before I continue, I’d like to take a moment to give a shout out to two beautiful and oh so sweet blogging friends that have created their own methods of donating items and raising money for Puerto Rico.
Fellow blogger and You Tuber, Francess Michelle, has created the most adorable project which she has named “Florece” specifically designed for the women in Puerto Rico. Florece translated in english means to bloom. She has created this small box which contains beauty and hygiene products and she is raising money on her blog in an effort to create as many of these care packages as she can. You can read more about it on her blog and check out the items that she is including in her Instagram post below. Her goal is to raise enough funds to create 100 of these super cute boxes to send to Puerto Rico. If you haven’t done so already, please check out her heartfelt emotional video about Puerto Rico on her You Tube channel (english and spanish).
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Hi Loves, So I wanted to share this small project but from the heart ❤️ I created this project to help the women in Puerto Rico in the midst of the crisis! As women we love ro have our products to smell good and take care of ourselves. With the resources in PR being so low I decided to Put together this box! The Florece 🌸 Feminine Box A box with essential-products for the women. The donation for the box is $12! One box = 1 woman !! Please help me raise my first 100 boxes!!! To purchase yours and bless a woman in PR 🇵🇷 Help me tell the woman of Puerto Rico that they will Bloom again!! 🙌🏼🌸🌸 Go to the Link on my bio!!! Thanks so much for your help!! . . . . #puertorico #puertoricoselevanta #puertoricoblogger #puertoriconoestaapagao #molusco #orgullosa #latina #latinablogger #hudabeauty #makeupinspo #minimalist #iphone7plus #womenempowerment
If you live in the NY / NJ area, my fellow blogging amiga Shareen has been working non stop since the hurricane with her friend Lissette’s help to coordinate a fundraiser event on 11/8 in New Jersey to help raise money for relief efforts in Puerto Rico. If you live in the area, you should definitely try to go as it looks like it’s going to be an amazing night.
If you cannot attend the event but would like to make a donation, you can so by clicking here.
I have to take a break for a minute to share this amazing song “Almost Like Praying” that has been on repeat in my house and in my car. The super talented Lin Manuel Miranda put this song together almost instantaneously with such amazing efforts made by combining the musical talents of so many amazing latin artists: Luis Fonsi, Ruben Blades, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Fat Joe, Rita Moreno, Marc Anthony, J Lo and so many more. You can watch the video on You Tube. It is so awesome to hear every town in Puerto Rico mentioned in the lyrics and it really is quite emotional to watch the video especially when you hear the coqui at the end. Proceeds from the purchase of this song will go to:
Now back to the updates….
I personally am super grateful and appreciative of the news coverage that CBS news reporter David Begnaud has shared with all of us. He has been involved since the beginning and he has provided so much information that we might not have heard otherwise via other news anchors. You can follow him on Instagram and Facebook. He has been in numerous conversations with the Governor and the First Lady, first responders, utility workers and hospital Staff.
Unfortunately there have been numerous reports against the Governor in regards to how the supplies are being distributed. The reports state that there are still tons of supplies and necessities that have yet to be delivered and distributed accordingly. The Secretary of State, Luis Rivera Marin went to Patillas, PR recently to personally investigate the allegations regarding the donations that are meant for hurricane victims. He recorded a video of himself standing in a huge shipping container full of opened boxes of packaged food that he believes were left outside making it accessible to rain and rats. Upon his discovery, he contacted the local police and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In one of the videos that David posted on FB, he is meeting with the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rossello during which she announced that they were opening several Emergency Stop and Go Service Stations throughout Puerto Rico. You can watch this video in which she lists the towns where these stations will be located. These stop and go service stations will be offering the following:
- Hot food
- Physical medical services along with psychological services
- Computer Center with internet
- TV area with Direct TV
- Sport Center Area
- Kids zone
As of today there are tons of electricians that have both volunteered and have been recruited to go to Puerto Rico to help with the restoration of the power across the island. As of today, solar panels were installed on the roof of one of the children’s hospitals. As you can see, in addition to the National Guard and FEMA, efforts are being made by many to help restore our beautiful island. Unfortunately many have lost their homes, their belongings, etc. and many have made the ultimate decision to evacuate.
With that said, many people have posted online that they are adopting families that are coming from Puerto Rico. Many are looking for a home for them to live along with the basic necessities: extra furniture, clothing, anything possible that could help a family get back on their feet. If you know of anyone who is considering adopting a family, you can them simply by donating any unused things in your home. So many of us have extra sheets, comforters, jackets and more that we could give to these families so as you can see there are many ways that you contribute even if you cannot do so financially at this time. I am sure that the person that is hosting the family would appreciate any help that they can get also.
There are still several other organizations that you can donate to as you can imagine that this is going to be an ongoing effort for quite some time to come. A couple of weeks ago, several celebrities gathered together to perform a concert to raise money for the hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. You can click here to donate to Somos Una Voz which was created by Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez in an effort to provide food, shelter, medicine, power and more to those in need. Ricky Martin is also raising money to do the same and you can donate to his fund by clicking here along with Luis Fonsi (click here to visit his donation site).
As you can see, so many people are coming together to help the residents of Puerto Rico. As I stated before, I do not get into politics here on my blog but you already know that the person living in the huge white house is well______(feel free to fill in the blank with your own words)! This is all the more reason for us to continue to find ways to help with the relief efforts. If you missed my last two posts about Puerto Rico, you can check them out here and here.
If you have donated items and/or have made a monetary donation, I sincerely thank you!
Until next time,