Puerto Rico’s mayor Yulín Cruz recently described the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as a “humanitarian crisis,” as millions on the island are left without electricity, running water, food and clean water to drink. While people pleaded for President Trump to send aid to Puerto Rico, several celebrities used their platform to raise money and help with relief efforts.
Jennifer Lopez not only donated $1,000,000, she teamed up with Marc Anthony to launch “Somos Una Voz,” a collective of artists that will work together to raise money (and awareness) to those affected by natural disasters. The collective includes Lin Manuel-Miranda, Bruno Mars, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.
Ricky Martin, also a member of “Somos Una Voz,” created a crowdfunding campaign that has raised nearly $900,000 to date.
Pitbull, who is Cuban-American, also pitched in, sending a private plane to Puerto Rico to fly cancer patients back to the U.S. for treatment, reports the New York Daily News.
Puerto Rican congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez confirmed the news via Twitter, thanking the Miami rapper for his help:
— Jenniffer González (@Jenniffer2012) September 26, 2017
Pitbull released a brief statement to the New York Daily News about the move: “Thank God we’re blessed to help. Just doing my part.”
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