15 Celebrities Doing More for Puerto Rico Relief than the President
As the Twitterverse was ablaze with news that President Donald Trump would be spending Saturday golfing in New Jersey, many celebrities have used their status and time to aid the relief effort for victims of Hurricane Maria. Here are a few who’ve donated to the cause and are calling on fans to do the same for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.
Lin Manuel Miranda
Creator of Hamilton and New York native Lin Manuel Miranda has penned a new song which he says is “a love letter to Puerto Rico.” In an interview with his father Luis, born in Puerto Rico, he pleaded for support from fans and the media alike, saying, “I know there’s a tendency for fatigue because we’ve just been through two hurricanes and we can’t be fatigued when it comes to our fellow Americans.”
The song is a collaboration with fellow Puerto Rican artists and is set to release October 6th for fundraising efforts. Lin Manuel exhibited a sense of duty especially common among Puerto Rican artists at this time of need, “Everyone’s trying to do what they’re best at,” he said. The Tony winner has referred fans to make contributions to the Hispanic Federation http://hispanicfederation.org/
Jorge Posada & Wife Laura
Former New York Yankees great Jorge Posada and his wife have expanded their fundraising efforts beyond the foundation he created during his playing years, Jorge Posada Foundation, Inc. The couple set a YouCaring goal of $200,000, which was surpassed by over $60,000 as of Saturday afternoon.
To donate, got to: https://www.youcaring.com/familiesandkidsdevastatedbyhurricanemaria-956568
The new mother of two has been relatively absent from the music scene in 2017 with only a few minor collaborations so far. This would be plenty for most new moms, but Queen Bey announced on her Instagram that “Mi Gente”, a remix of J. Balvin & Willy Williams song would be her newest musical and philanthropic endeavor. The statement read, “I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Carribbean islands. To help go to beyonce.com/reliefefforts.”
You can listen to “Mi Gente” here:
Mark Cuban & J.J. Barea
The “Shark Tank” host and owner of the Dallas Mavericks loaned the team’s plane to Puerto Rican player J.J. Barea to deliver food, water, and supplies to Puerto Rico. Barea reportedly missed the first day of training camp to deliver the supplies, “I hardly recognized my home,” he said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. Barea has also launched a YouCaring campaign, having collected $170,000 of his $200,000 goal.
To contribute, got to: https://www.youcaring.com/familiesaffectedbyhurricanemariainpuertorico-956792
When the Grammy winner couldn’t contact his brother in Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin knew he had to join the cause. He kicked off his YouCaring campaign with a personal contribution of $100,000 and has raised over $900,000 for relief to his home island. Sadly, he still has yet to hear from his brother, as communication is still down for the vast majority of the population.
To donate, go to: https://www.youcaring.com/peopleofpuertorico-957793
J.Lo & Marc Anthony
Power couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have launched Somos Una Voz (We Are One Voice), a gofundme supported by artists to help raise awareness of the crisis on their home island. Fans are encouraged to make what contributions they can and J.Lo herself has pledged $1 million in support.
To donate, go to: https://pr.gofundme.com/o/en/team/somos
Yadier Molina & Wife Wanda
The catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and his wife have started a GoFundMe campaign with a call to action, saying “Queremos ayudar a nuestra hermosa Isla de Puerto Rico a levantarse!!! We want to help our beautiful island of Puerto Rico to get up!!!” They’ve raised over $130,000 of an ambitious million dollar goal.
To donate, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/pray4prteammolina4pr
Mr. Worldwide has donated the use of his private jet to transport cancer patients to the US mainland. The majority of hospitals are still closed and the ones which are open have shrinking resources due in part to the storm’s decimation of infrastructure. The Puerto Rican rapper was humble when praised for his participation in the relief effort, saying in a statement, “Thank God we’re blessed to help. Just doing my part.”
ESPN reporter Marly Rivera has launched the Support for Puerto Rico Fund on gofundme. She’s collected $32,000 of her $50,000 goal, saying “I can’t stand idle, I need to do something for the people in my island.”
To donate, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/dontforgetpuertorico
Stephen Colbert & Nick Kroll
Fans of TV show host Stephen Colbert know of his Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor, “Americone Dream,” the profits of which are collected for the Americone Dream Fund and donated annually to a charity of choice. In a recent episode of Late Night with Stephen Colbert, he and guest Nick Kroll (The League, Sing) pledged to donate to Maria relief in Puerto Rico, stipulating that for each celebrity who tweeted an embarrassing photo of themselves from puberty, $1,000 of the Americone Dream Fund would be donated to oneamericaappeal.org. Kroll agreed to match it, dollar for dollar, encouraging more celebrities to become part of the effort.
Fans without celebrity status can contribute to oneamericaappeal.org directly, which unites relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. They can also contribute to the Americone Dream Fund by purchasing Americone Dream, available in most grocery stores.
The US Water Polo Olympian launched a gofundme campaign, Push Ups 4 PuertoRico, writing, “We are here to help our beautiful home island and the wonderful people of Puerto Rico.” The gold medalist challenges fans and contributors to post a video doing 10 push ups and donate what they can. “El equipo siempre gana,” she added, “The team always wins”.
To donate, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/pushups4pr
Jay-Z & Fat Joe
The streaming service TIDAL’s X: Puerto Rico Mission will send supplies to Puerto Rico via cargo plane. A statement from the company read, “Leaving Friday October 7th, this first plane will carry 200,000 pounds of batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water, and feminine hygiene products.” The TIDAL X: Brooklyn concert on October 16th is the 3rd annual benefit concert and will feature several Puerto Rican artists. Proceeds will be donated to “support relief and recovery for those affected by the unprecedented natural disasters,” according to a statement on the event website.
For tickets, go to: http://www.barclayscenter.com/events/detail/tidal-x-brooklyn-2017
Fat Joe, also of TIDAL, put a call to action Instagram, saying “As the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico grows, our brothers and sisters are desperate for our help.” Fans in the New York area were asked to drop off donations to the Jacob Javits center in Manhattan. Daddy Yankee will be meeting Joe upon arrival with a full team for distribution across their native island.
President Trump had harsh words for the people of Puerto Rico, especially San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, whose own home was destroyed in the storm and who spent the day wading through flood waters to help constituents. After a plea for support, the President repeatedly tweeted from the golf course Saturday morning, “Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They…want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 workers Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.”
…Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>…want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href=”https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/914089888596754434?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>September 30, 2017</a></blockquote>
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These proud Puerto Ricans and their allies are proving that Mr. Trump is gravely mistaken, joining forces to answer the call of Mayor Cruz and make their home whole again.