Puerto Rico is still without power and supplies are running low after Hurricane Maria devastated the island territory last week. Things have gotten so bad on the island that the governor is pleading with the U.S. government to help Puerto Rico recover before there is a humanitarian crisis. Numerous groups have come forward to raise funds and gather supplies for those affected on the island and the latest announcement of relief comes from Jennifer Lopez and New York. Here’s what the singer and the city are doing to help Puerto Rico in their time of need.
Jennifer Lopez will be donating $1 million from her Las Vegas residency shows to Puerto Rico relief efforts.
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“Alex Rodriguez and I, who are both New Yorkers, are using all our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean,” Lopez said at a press conference with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
According to Billboard, the singer is also working with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Puerto Rican Mavs player J.J. Barea to send two planes worth of supplies and generators to Puerto Rico as they wait for government assistance.
New York City and New York state officials have also announced relief efforts to lift Puerto Rico out of their crisis.
“This is an unprecedented event in Puerto Rico.”
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor Bill de Blasio announce that New York City will be sending aid and support to Puerto Rico.
Text UNIDOS to 41444 to help support the relief efforts or contact Hispanic Federation for more details.
Stay tuned for more details If you would like to volunteer to help the island and items that are needed at this time.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has established The Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico. Through the program, people can either donate money, find ways to volunteer in the relief effort and learn where they can drop off supplies they wish to be sent to Puerto Rico.
“It’s going to be a long road to recovery, but New York is going to walk that road with you every step of the way,” Gov. Cuomo said at the press conference, according to The New York Times.
Gov. Cuomo was in Puerto Rico with Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló surveying the damage from Hurricane Maria.
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During his visit, Gov. Cuomo called on President Trump and Congress to focus on Puerto Rico rather on things that don’t do any good for the American people.
“To our colleagues in federal government, I humbly suggest that at this time, instead of arguing with football players, instead of obsessing how to take health care from the poor in this country, why don’t we put the politics aside and focus on helping Americans?” Gov. Cuomo told the press according to The New York Times.