Hey everyone! I just wanted to write a quick post to update you all on the successful donation event that occurred yesterday. As I mentioned in my last post and as I am sure you all know by now that Puerto Rico was massively destroyed by Hurricane Maria almost two weeks ago. Up until this day, millions of people are still without power, water and their food supply is gone. They are finally receiving aid from FEMA, Military, Police, Fire and Hospitals from all over flying in to help.
There are no words that I can say to describe how I feel when I watch the latest updates and listening to the Mayor of San Juan crying on national television as she describes the hardship and heartache that they are going through. Don’t even get me started on the POTUS because I’ve never been one to get political or discuss politics here on my blog. I just know that there are millions of us wishing that he would get his priorities in order or be gone. The moron is golfing right now which is apparently the reason why he won’t be gracing PR with his presence until Tuesday.
Immediately after the hurricane and after watching the news footage of the aftermath that Maria left behind in Puerto Rico, I knew that I needed to do something to help but I couldn’t do it on my own. I took a chance and asked my boss if I could reach out to my coworkers and ask for their help. She immediately said yes so I emailed all of my coworkers at the beginning of last week and when I left work on Friday, I raised a total of $315 and that does not include the donations that my boss and others made directly to the Unidos por Puerto Rico website.
I found a list of preferred items to be donated and that night my son and I went to Sam’s club first to stock up on water and other items from the list. We then headed to my favorite place ever, Target and we walked straight to the beauty section where they have the aisle full of travel sized toiletries. We filled up the cart with as much as we could get and walked out of there knowing that the items purchased were going to really help as many people as possible.
Below is a checklist of the items that were purchased
First thing yesterday morning, my son and I headed straight to the church that was designated as the location to drop off donations. When we arrived, there were so many people already there helping to unload donations from people’s cars. The amount of support I witnessed and watching people working together for this event was refreshing because the majority of us have family and friends in Puerto Rico who need our help. I opened my trunk and we started to unload the items when volunteers came and helped us bring them inside where everything was going to be stored until they were sent to Puerto Rico.
The city leaders along with the Mayor’s office were sponsoring the event and they have made arrangements for the transport and distribution of all of the donations once they arrive in Puerto Rico. I was overwhelmed when I saw just how many people were bringing items, bags full of supplies, and more cases of water than I have ever seen in my life and this was only in one room.
I just wanted to take a moment to sincerely THANK my awesome boss and coworkers for their super generous donations. Also, our partner hospital was recognized as one of the first hospitals to help in the relief effort by sending over three thousand pounds of medical supplies to Puerto Rico for free by way of United Airlines. When I found out about this, it literally brought tears to my eyes because it means that people are finally going to be getting the help they need.
As of today, I wish I could say that all of my family has checked in however that is not the case. We have yet to hear from my grandfather’s three brothers. We have faith that they are okay however we would feel super relieved once we can hear their voices. I hope that for those of you who have family in Puerto Rico that they are safe. My heart goes out to all those who have lost their homes. It’s no doubt that it will take a very long time to recover and rebuild from this catastrophe but with the love and support that so many people have given thus far, they can and will come back stronger.
I wasn’t born in Puerto Rico but I am so grateful that my Grandmother exposed me to the culture, the island and the pride we all feel to be Puerto Rican. With that said, I will end my post by sharing the National Anthem of Puerto Rico ~ La Borinqueña.
(Source: You Tube)