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Puerto Rico West Side Relief Fund

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My name is Fernando Ufret. I live in Iowa with my fiancee, Stephanie Silva. I am a musician. Stephanie is working on attaining her doctorate degree in immunology at the University of Iowa. Our hometown is Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, where our loved ones still reside.

Cabo Rojo is the farthest point within the island from the metropolitan area of San Juan, and is home to some of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches, including but not limited to El Combate, Boqueron, Buye and Joyuda -- all now decimated.

Hurricane Maria has been the most devastating storm to hit the island in over 100 years. The situation on the island is dire and accurately described as a HUMANITARIAN CRISIS. Let us not forget about our animals as well.

Stephanie and I have set up a fund to help families in need and animal shelters in the areas of Cabo Rojo, Mayaguez, San German and Lajas.

EVERY SINGLE PENNY collected will be donated DIRECTLY AND PERSONALLY to those families identified with the most need with the assistance of local municipal government and other organizations.
50% will go directly to families with the most need (children, elderly, and/or in need of medical attention), and the other 50% will go to animal sanctuaries and shelters.

The two non-for-profit no-kill animal shelters in Cabo Rojo are:

- Santuario De Animales San Francisco De Asis. You may refer to this link for further information on this shelter. http://sasfapr.org/

- Defensores De Animales. You may refer to this link for further information on this shelter. http://defensoresdeanimales.org/

Please donate and share our message.

Estamos unidos, estamos con ustedes, los queremos, los extrañamos, y no vamos a descansar hasta que todos esten bien. Un abrazo!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Please remember to share so others can help as well!
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Hey guys!!
Just to give you a quick update.
Maed keeps making a difference in Puerto Rico!
It has gotten to a point where he has moved entire communities to help clean up other towns on the other side of the island!!
This guy gets up every morning to find volunteers and goes out to the remote places in Puerto Rico that have gotten very little or no help at all. In this particular event he got sponsors that donated a lot more than food, but every other day he relies on donations like ours to do his work.
Thanks to all of you, we are building a greater Puerto Rico!

Gracias, Maed!!
Un abrazo!
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Hey guys,

Hope everybody is doing ok. We have an update from Maed! This is where our donations are going. I didn't ask him for detailed invoice, as far as receipts, or how much is going where, I simply told him to get the money in people's hands, buy them food, clean water and help them with their houses. But, he is making little videos for us of who he helps, so we can see what he is doing.
This is what's left of Carmen's house. The first area we see is where her living room used to be, and then the kitchen, and so forth. She also has a 5 year old girl. They are from a section called Carite (near the Patillas mountains), where no help other than Maed's has arrived.
Maed got her hot food, clean water, groceries, and gave her $200 to go towards fixing her house.
More videos and pictures will come! Last week he went to Utuado, Cabo Rojo, Maricao, and Guayama. And even though we campaigned for the West, we gave some money to help the center of Puerto Rico, as well.
Thank you all for your help.
This is how our donations are making a difference.

Big hug!

P.S. We also received thank you letters from SASFSA and Defensores de Animales! :')
Puppies are being taken care of!
Also, I have all the transaction receipts from our donations to each part. If you would like to see them, I can send them to you.

And, sorry the video is tilted...
:)

Fernando
La casa de Carmen (Carmen's house).
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UPDATE FOR OUR DONORS:
On Friday we collected $1,100 in cash for Puerto Rico, plus the Canadian Honker matched another $500!
We raised $5,215 on Go Fund Me, and after fees we have a total of $4,776.53.
That brings us to a total of $6,376!! We just got $400 more from Potbelly, yesterday and a new donor gave $100.00
I can't thank you enough, guys! Puerto Rico will be better because you cared. We already distributed the cash and Go Fund Me efforts between our 3 causes;
Maed Torres with his humanitarian efforts to reach every person in need, Defensores de Animales, Inc., and Santuario de Animales San Francisco de Asís, Inc.! The last $400 will be transferred tomorrow. I will post more updates as I get them. Maed, SASFA PR, and Defensores de Animales have all contacted us thank us for our help and making sure that the funds will go to people and animals in need today! We also donated $300 to a friend in Rincon (Javier Gil), who is going from house to house and cooking for the people at the plaza every day.
We did it! THANK YOU! :')

#PRStrong #DesdeLaDiaspora #PuertoRico #LaBorinqueña
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
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Hey guys!
We just started distributing money today! Last Friday I we raised an extra $1,600 in cash, which I have assigned $800 to Mr. Maed Torres, $400 for SASFSA PR (Animal Shelter), and $400 for Defensores de Animales (Animal Rescuers). I played 2 shows in Rochester and got $1,100, and the Canadian Honker matched $500! :D
We have a total of $5,215 raised between all of us, here at Go Fund Me. AfterGo Fund Me fees, we are at $4,776.53!
That gives us a $2,388.26 for each side. Plus, we have yet to receive Potbelly's donation, which is 25% of their sales on Friday!
Maed told me he would post pictures and videos I can relay to you, and I will also send a couple of pics with the receipts for you guys to have a bit more of peace of mind.
Words aren't enough to express the love we are able to share with the people and animals in Puerto Rico. We are going to impact human life and make a difference where it's most needed. From our entire heart to yours,
THANK YOU!
:')
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Posted by Fernando M Ufret
5 months ago ago
My name is Fernando Ufret. I live in Iowa with my fiancee, Stephanie Silva. I am a musician. Stephanie is working on attaining her doctorate degree in immunology at the University of Iowa. Our hometown is Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, where our loved ones still reside.

Cabo Rojo is the farthest point within the island from the metropolitan area of San Juan, and is home to some of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches, including but not limited to El Combate, Boqueron, Buye and Joyuda -- all now decimated.

Hurricane Maria has been the most devastating storm to hit the island in over 100 years. The situation on the island is dire and accurately described as a HUMANITARIAN CRISIS. Let us not forget about our animals as well.

Stephanie and I have set up a fund to help families in need and animal shelters in the areas of Cabo Rojo, Mayaguez, San German and Lajas.

EVERY SINGLE PENNY collected will be donated DIRECTLY AND PERSONALLY to those families identified with the most need with the assistance of local municipal government and other organizations.

The two non-for-profit no-kill animal shelters in Cabo Rojo are:

- Santuario De Animales San Francisco De Asis. You may refer to this link for further information on this shelter. http://sasfapr.org/

- Defensores De Animales. You may refer to this link for further information on this shelter. http://defensoresdeanimales.org/

Please donate and share our message.

Estamos unidos, estamos con ustedes, los queremos, los extrañamos, y no vamos a descansar hasta que todos esten bien. Un abrazo!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Please remember to share so others can help as well!
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