Puerto Rico will always hold a special place in my heart. Erick and I met in Puerto Rico when I was an exchange student in San Juan. Most of Erick’s family, including his mother, lives on the island, along with many of our friends. It has been devastating seeing and hearing the news about Hurricane Maria’s aftermath and we want to do everything we can to help.
What we are doing
We are sending aid directly to families in need. We started by helping our family and are now branching out to others in Ciales (his hometown), our friends, or anyone made known to us. We are working directly with those people to determine what is the most helpful. It’s a fluid situation and there are different needs. We started with items being flown down by Erick’s cousin in suitcases, who met up with Erick’s mom in San Juan, and then she drove them from San Juan to the interior of the island. Now that mail is up and running again, we are mailing things, even though it is slow.
How you can help
1 – Donate online through our Paypal account. Any amount will help.
2 – Buy items on our Amazon wishlist. (They will ship directly to us and then we can mail them to the families that need them. Many of the items will not direct ship to Puerto Rico.)
3 – Have a church or group that wants to help? Can you offer help in some other way? Email me.
4 – Ask Congress for help. It’s so easy. Just look up their office number and make a quick call. You may think this isn’t helpful, but I promise that it is. If they don’t hear from their constituents on an issue, it will not matter as much to them. Several days ago when I called, the aide told me that everyone was calling about Puerto Rico that day. YES! When they get an overwhelming number of calls about the same thing, believe me, they take notice.
Call your two senators and ask them co-sponsor Senator McCain’s legislation (S.1894) to exempt Puerto Rico permanently from the Jones Act. Also, ask them to request and approve aid packages for Puerto Rico commensurate with what we have seen for Texas and Florida.
Call your representative and tell them the Jones Act must go. Ask them what they can do. Also, ask them to request and approve aid packages for Puerto Rico commensurate with what we have seen for Texas and Florida.
Read this article that I wrote about facts about Puerto Rico, their political status, an explanation of the Jones Act and more.