Puerto Rico Needs Your Help

9/22/17
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Be strong fellow Americans in Puerto Rico! Last Wednesday and Thursday the island of Puerto Rico was hit directly by the massive hurricane Maria, one of the most powerful hurricanes to pass through the island. Geographically that Caribbean island is small just 100 miles wide by 35 long, but with a huge heart.

We all want to help, but there is a difficulty that prevents it, even today communications are almost nil, and although images and videos begin to emerge on social networks, there are many people with no means of communication. There is no power, no water and the communications have collapsed. Some families have lost contact and as you can understand they are desperate.

The island needs everything — this will be a slow, painful recovery, but one that we’re sure Puerto Ricans will do with their heads high. We all want to help, but in the face of so much uncertainty right now we share with you some ways to support the Puerto Rican friends.

Organizations that are helping …

  • American Red Cross – The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. 

Help people affected by Hurricane María by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MARIA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

  • Embracing Puerto Rico – (Banco Popular Foundation) the philanthropic arm of Popular, created the fundraising campaign Embracing Puerto Rico to to help drive donations from Popular’s customers, partners and friends abroad that we know want to contribute to the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
  • Friends of Puerto Rico – A non-partisan, non-profit organization 501(c)(3) based in Washington, DC that invests in the orange economy by supporting the arts, education and entrepreneurship to catalyze economic development and stimulate a sustainable economic development.
  • United by Puerto Rico – United for 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.
  • Eli Lilly – the insulin company is donating insulin and other supplies, along with funds toward the relief effort in Puerto Rico.
  • Insulin For Life USA  – organization that aids those living with diabetes by supplying life-saving insulin and other supplies. A palette is currently en route to Puerto Rico. In order to continue to provide emergency supplies, Insulin for Life is specifically requesting that you donate insulin (unopened, not expired) and test strips (of any variety). You can also donate directly.

Send supplies to:

5745 SW 75th Street, #116
Gainesville, Florida 32608
(352) 327-8649

As you can see there are many ways to help, we invite you to search in your city if there are collection centers that are receiving donations. If you live in the United States, many initiatives are already working with relief programs. Check your social media networks and join them.

Puerto Rico will rise, but they need your help!


Read this article in Spanish./Lea este artículo en español.