Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, and More Plead for Puerto Rico
Looking worn and saddened, Jennifer Lopez shared a video to her social media accounts urging people to rally around Puerto Rico after the U.S. territory was devastated by both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. “What’s on my mind is what’s going on in Puerto Rico. The devastation is beyond belief,” JLo told her Instagram followers. “Me and my cousin still haven’t been able to hear from our families over there.
Born to Puerto Rican parents, Lopez is among several celebrities who have been asking for donations to help the island recover. If you’ve seen any of the videos, you will know that it is absolutely destroyed. Almost no one has power and communication with residents has been almost non-existent.
Wearing a robe and no makeup, the 48-year-old singer/actress (who is currently performing in her own Las Vegas residency show) also said, “What’s foremost on my mind and many others is trying to figure out the best way to help. Today, Puerto Rico needs our help. I urge you to support and donate to the efforts of the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Areizaga. Together we can help rebuild our island, and the Caribbean.”
A similar video was posted by Ricky Martin who was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In an emotional video, he said, “I need your help. Puerto Rico needs you at the moment. Just go to youcaring.com/rickymartin and help us. Donate whatever you can, just one dollar would make a difference. If everyone would give me a dollar, my goodness. Puerto Rico is in a precarious position at the moment. We can’t do it alone. We need you.”
At the time of this writing, the YouCaring site had raised more than $150,000.
There are millions without homes right now and the streets look more like raging rivers. It’s just mindblowing to see. Puerto Rico hasn’t seen a storm this powerful since 1932. According to The New York Times, it could take six months to restore power to the 3.5 million people. Meanwhile, cell phone service has been completely shut down too.
Can you even fathom trying to live through something like that? Stay strong, Puerto Rico!
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