Jennifer Lopez did something amazing for Puerto Rico. She donated $1 million to help desperate Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria! She’s teamed up with BF A-Rod and ex-husband Marc Anthony to urge famous friends to make more donations, too. Watch her inspiring press conference here.
Jennifer went on to say that she’s a proud New Yorker and Puerto Rican, and that all Americans — not just the famous ones — need to pitch in and help the over three million Americans living on the devastated island. As she said, there are thousands displaced from their homes. The entire island is without electricity, phone lines are down, and food, water, and gas are running out. There’s no way for anyone to get cash, and hospitals have been destroyed.
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) September 24, 2017
We know that you don’t have the resources or influence of someone like JLo, but you can still donate to organizations like the American Red Cross, United Way, Salvation Army, and the Hispanic Federation. All of these organizations need volunteers to help with relief, too! If you’re in New York, you can drop off supplies at a number of locations. Requested items include batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water and feminine hygiene products, according to the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico. These items need to be unopened! There are likely places to drop off supplies in your area, too, if you don’t live in NY!
Here’s how to donate:
American Red Cross: donate directly to the Red Cross hurricane relief page and find volunteer opportunities.
United Way: donate to or volunteer with the Puerto Rican branch of UW, Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico.
Hispanic Federation: visit their website and select “Hurricane Relief Effort” from the drop-down menu to donate money. The site lists a number of other ways to donate, including in person at Popular Community, and via text. Simply text UNIDOS, the amount of money you’re sending, and your name (like Unidos 100 Jane Doe).
Salvation Army: donate to The Salvation Army’s Americas & Caribbean Emergency Appeal here.
The Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo launched this foundation for volunteers and to collect donations. To find locations, click here. Additionally, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has established an effort to collect collect donations — To find locations, please click here.
HollywoodLifers, Puerto Rico is in danger. Please help if you’re able to!