After Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico—the worst to do so in a century—residents have been left to restore order to their island. By some estimation, the devastation has been called “apocalyptic.”
Governor Ricardo Rossello announced that the island is in danger of experiencing a humanitarian crisis, according to a report by CNN. Before Congress, he urged legislatures to approve a commensurate aid package for the US commonwealth, so that his people can begin to restore what was lost. Thankfully, he and his Puerto Ricans are not alone.
Several high-profile celebrities have risen to the call to help, donating millions of dollars. Another star even lent his private jet.
Jennifer Lopez, who has family on the island, said she hadn’t heard from her family yet in the wake of the storm. She’s pledged $1 million to help with relief efforts, according to E! News.
“What’s foremost in my mind and many others, is trying to figure out the best way to help,” Lopez said in a plea to Americans. “Our island of Puerto Rico has been hit by the two most devastating hurricanes we’ve ever seen [in] Irma and Maria. Puerto Rico needs our help.”
According to Forbes, Puerto Rican singer-rapper Daddy Yankee agreed to donate $100,000 to the Red Cross during a telethon; then, appearing on CNN’s New Day, agreed to donate $1 million to help “rebuild the island.”
“I still live in Puerto Rico so I know the struggle that we’re going through right now,” Daddy Yankee said to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.
Other stars have also risen to the call. Rapper Pitbull, for example, lent his private jet to help transport cancer patients from Puerto Rico to the United States. The 36-year-old musician, remaining humble, simply said, “Thank God we’re blessed to help. Just doing my part.”
Please pray for those placed in harm’s way in Puerto Rico following the damage left by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. If you’d like to make a donation, visit the website UnitedforPuertoRico.com http://prfaa.pr.gov/unitedforpuertorico/ See how awful conditions are on the island of Puerto Rico—how some residents are literally running for their lives. Join the conversation on our Facebook page.