by Countable | 10.5.17
The devastation in Puerto Rico is overwhelming for many of us, but these seven celebrities are stepping up to help, and giving all of us an opportunity to participate.
Time and again, we show our strength as Americans by coming together in times of crisis. What will you do today for your fellow citizens?
José Andrés is a world-renowned chef, originally from Spain, who became a U.S. citizen in 2013. Less than a week after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico Andrés arrived to mobilize #ChefsforPuertoRico on the ground in San Juan. They started providing 3000-5000 meals a day and quickly expanded to providing over 30,000 meals a day, all with volunteer labor. They are now expanding to kitchens across the island, with the goal of 20-25,000 meals a day served in each one.
Donations to help their efforts can be given to World Central Kitchen.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the author of Hamilton, whose family is from Puerto Rico, has gotten a lot of press in recent days for condemning President Trump’s response to the crisis, but he has also been working tirelessly to raise funds for relief. He has been working with MoveOn.org to collect donations for the Hispanic Federation, which is deploying relief workers on the ground.
Miranda is also releasing a single, a "love letter to Puerto Rico", to raise money for the Federation. The single drops on Friday, October 6, and features the voices of at least 10 guest artists, including Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Gina Rodriguez and Gloria Estefan.
Almost Like Praying.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 5, 2017
Available at 12:01am Friday. pic.twitter.com/rVXZc35qMd
The Real Housewife of New York has been busy since Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, mobilizing relief through her charity, BStrong. They are partnering with international relief organization Delivering Good to aid disaster relief across the country.
Frankel flew down to Puerto Rico with four private jets loaded with supplies, which were distributed across the island. They also picked up patients in need of urgent medical care and carried them back to the mainland on their return flight.
'Real Housewives' star Bethenny Frankel brought 4 planes full of supplies to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane relief pic.twitter.com/QSwIO0lyHh— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 4, 2017
The former power couple, both of Puerto Rican descent, have joined together to launch a relief initiative called Somos Una Voz (We Are One Voice) in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico as well as the 7.1 earthquake in Mexico. Along with dozens of other celebrities they are "working together to rush food, shelter, medicine, power and communications to areas affected by recent natural disasters."
They are collecting funds through a gofundme page. Lopez has already made a personal pledge of $1 million.
Anthony put up an emotional message to Puerto Ricans to reassure them that help is coming.
Rapper Pitbull, a Cuban-American who hails from Miami, sent his private plane to Puerto Rico in the days after the hurricane hit to ferry cancer patients to the mainland for chemotherapy treatments.
He is also encouraging fans via his Twitter page to make donations as small as $5 to the Florida Relief Fund to help with Hurricane Irma relief.
Late night host Stephen Colbert, who’s a white guy from North Carolina, has been using his taste for comedy to draw attention to Puerto Rico. He and actor Nick Kroll promised a $1000 donation to relief efforts for every star who posted an awkward puberty photo to Twitter using the hashtags #PuberMe and #PuertoRicoRelief. Stars, journalists, and even former President Bill Clinton have posted photos to drive the donation.
It doesn’t have to be Puerto Rico relief. It could be Hurricane Irma relief, or Hurricane Harvey relief. Or it could be helping in your own neighborhood. What are you doing to help your fellow Americans?
Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!
— Asha Sanaker
(Photo Credit: John Oliver #PuberMe via Twitter)
Written by Countable
Sad to think these celebrities are doing more for Puerto Rico than the Pundejo in Chief.
It is uplifting to see this happening. Thanks to all of these awesome people for doing the right thing for folks that need immediate help! Love to our 'Hollywood Elites'. God speed to all those experiencing loss, grief and always with an eye cast towards recovery.
People who think the US and Trump are not doing everything they can are beyond clueless. Turn off CNN!! Open your eyes!! Honestly, please..
Puerto Rico needs our help. We must send more help to them. Congress must over ride the President's prejudice and inability to act. I am embarrassed by his behavior. Can you introduce a bill too that says how embarrassed we are?
People overestimate what government can do. Individuals, not just the rich, need to step up instead of complaining about everything. Action speaks louder than whining...
Good to see this is happening. When the leaders of the US fail to act its nice to see that it’s citizens pick up the slack instead.
Be careful who you donate to. The scammers are out in force.
@countable small typo on the name of J-Lo and Marc Anthony’s initiative. It’s “Somos Una Voz”
I have been to Puerto Rico and loved it. It is a beautiful place, great historical places, the people are warm and friendly. Lots of American retirees there. Love the architecture, the food, the beaches, the music. Glad to see the assistance building. They are American citizens!
Take care of our citizens in Puerto Rico!
The basic facts are not being reported by main stream media. They have plans for these events supplies warehoused there to sustain the people for weeks without outside support. It’s funny how we are not hearing stories of mass casualties. The power problems are an issue ... mostly because it’s an island and unlike what we commonly see in Florida, they can’t stage repair trucks outside of the effected area. Plus corruption kept money that was supposed to upgrade their power grid went to line local leaders pockets.
Seriously wholly crap does anyone take the time to google what president trumps done for Puerto Rico he donated a lot of his own money among many others things shame on you shame
I bought some Americone Dream ice cream!
Since our own government won’t live up to their responsibilities, someone’s got to do it.
Thanks for all you are doing🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽
Its about time the celebs do something with their millions rather than disrespecting the President of this great a Country! Finally putting their money to good use!
Ricky Martin? Why isn’t he on the list. He’s done a great deal for Puerto Rico...including raising over 1M and taking flights packed with thousands of pounds of food, water, clothes, etc.
So glad that the peace of mind in every citizen contributing the fundraising for the civilization of the new era in the future and the refine things of the true home. As of right now that I am deep loving with my home since I grew up and loving them, but my heart is current of its full roots in Jerusalem, Israel. Again, whereas I say to you, Make Puerto Rico Great Again! Great people of Puerto Rico stay stronger than ever.
They are heros! Doing more than our government!!
We can not let the news cycle dictate an abandonment of our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, who are still suffering the effects of Hurricane Maria. The majority of Americans there are still without power. Access to food and medicine and basic necessities is limited. Relevant data on FEMA websites has been deleted since it reflects poorly on the delayed response of the Trump administration. Americans need to take care of one another with love and compassion; It’s who we are.