Hurricane Maria has been a devastating nightmare for the people of Puerto Rico. According to the record books, it is the fifth-strongest storm to ever exist in the United States, tragically killing at least ten people. Millions of people are unable to get in touch with their families, the entire island is without electricity and whole communities have been completely destroyed.
So many of us on the United States mainland are reeling with panic as communication with the Island is wildly strained. 3.4 million American Citizens reside in Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico is the home to so many of our loved ones.
“We’re talking here about major devastation. And when we say major devastation, that means that in terms of infrastructure, we have full communities that 80 or 90 percent of the homes are a complete disaster. They are totally lost.” Carlos Mercader (a spokesperson for the Puerto Rican Government) told PBS NewsHour.
Those of us who are unable to communicate with our friends and family, or those of us who are just feeling the collective grief in the wake of this epic disaster have found ourselves in the throes of anxiety and sadness. It’s easy to feel completely helpless in times like these, times that are so outside the realm of our control. It’s also extremely difficult to know exactly where to donate your money, as so many corrupt organizations take advantage of disasters such as this.
We’ve put together a list of reputable charities that are actively working to help the people (and animals) of Puerto Rico. Please consider donating. Every tiny bit helps.
United For Puerto Rico
United for Puerto Rico is a widely respected “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.” They are actively supporting the people of Puerto Rico and desperately need our help.
Boys and Girls Club Of Puerto Rico
The Boys and Girls Club, Puerto Rico needs our help as it is the key safe place for so many of our young people who live on the Island. To donate go directly to the website of the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico.
Unicef is always here for our children and is currently tirelessly working to aide the children of both Mexico and Puerto Rico.
“The people of my country have now suffered three natural disasters in a row. Many children and families are hurt and in terrible need.” Thank you so much to @UNICEF Supporter @SalmaHayek, who is contributing $100,000 right now to support UNICEF’s relief efforts in #Mexico. You can help too — visit her Crowdrise page by clicking our profile link. #MexicoEarthquake #ChildrenFirst #fuerzamexico #earthquake #sismo #regram
The Sato Project
The Sato Project is there for our four-legged friend’s dogs who need our human help! Thousands of animals are helpless, lost and freezing cold in the wake of this disaster.
— TheSatoProject (@TheSatoProject) September 22, 2017
The Miami Foundation
The Miami Foundation is currently seeking donations to help relieve the people of Puerto Rico who are need of clothes, shelter and food.
Save The children
Save The Children is seeking donations, as they’re working actively with the children of Puerto Rico, who have had their homes and schools destroyed.
Our heart goes out to our GO Family who is affected by this disaster.