So there you are, sitting on the fender of a water logged Toyota Yaris, in the sun because so many trees were blown down and away. It’s hot…you’re hungry and would give a prize body part to have a Diet Pepsi. With ice….oh yeah, baby. Ice. You wonder how your cousin is – he and his kids live about 50 miles west. There was no answer when you called him, but that was before Maria. Your cell doesn’t work, so maybe he would answer if he could. You hope he’s OK. His family could stay with you, your dad, your mom and the Lopez family. They used to live across the street. Your roof isn’t there any more, but there’s blankets that have finally dried out. It’s hot but they make a passable pillow on the floor. You’re lucky because your mom and dad and you made it through. Your sister had flown to Mexico City and you knew she was going to come through. One day she’ll come back…when they fix the airport; when they fix the road TO the airport. You think it’s ironic that one of the things that made it through the water and wind is the American flag that you had in the storage area above the hallway.
Puerto Rico needs our help. This is what life is like on the island just a little more than 1,000 away and is, let me repeat IS, part of the US. These are our fellow citizens suffering. Three media executives have personally launched Operation Puerto Rico Care-Lift, an effort that – as of Monday morning – has already generated more than $30K in cash and supplies, as well as a charter plane generously donated by CargoNationExpress. The effort will involve sending supplies Friday and eventually a “go team” to the island. Behind this boots-on-the-ground mission are Discovery’s LARA RICHARDSON, who grew up in Puerto Rico, and 2C Creative’s CHRIS SLOAN and CARLA KAUFMAN SLOAN, whose non-profit Caleb and Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation supports many efforts benefitting children and families. Thank you press release for that info…and now here’s deets:
So come on people…we are SO blessed and lucky, even after our battering at the hands of Mother Nature. Most urgently needed items are Pedialyte, personal care kits (toothpaste, tooth brushes, tampons, soap, shampoo), water purification tablets, diapers, flashlights, small radios (solar/battery operated), small tents, sleeping bags, mosquito repellent/bug spray, canned non-perishable foods, first aid kits, baby formula, gloves, hand sanitizer, trash bags and towels.
Donations Needed By Thursday, September 28, 2017 for Next-Day Departure to Puerto Rico
THREE WAYS TO HELP:
1. You can bring supplies to 2C: 12550 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 700 North Miami, FL 33181 Attn: Nikki Coloma 305-672-8229
2. Send supplies to 2C via an e-tailer like Walmart.com or Amazon.com. View a pre-set Amazon Wishlist at this URL. http://a.co/5FrJgbW
3. Donate Funds to GoFundMe, and Lara, Chris and Carla will purchase supplies: https://www.gofundme.com/operationPRCareLift
Think About This: ““A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~ Steve Maraboli