Aid to Family in Puerto Rico

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As many of our friends and family are aware, my parents Rolando and Ivette Vargas, are in Coamo, Puerto Rico along with my grandmother, aunts, and cousins. We went days without knowing how they had fared after the catastrophic Hurricane Maria barrelled through the center of the island. Coamo is among several municipalities declared a disaster zone and they are currently without water, electricity, or communication. I was grateful to be able to speak to my mother today to share with her the great news that an anonymous friend of the family was able to allow us to send 150 pounds of desperately needed water and supplies to San Juan.  Though the media is covering the generosity of the US Government and individuals, the reality is that help has not reached people in desperate need of water, food, and cash, especially in the more remote areas of the island.  To my parents church - Crossroads Ministries in Broadway, NC- I send my sincerest and heartfelt thanks for providing much needed items for my parents. 

Mercifully I was able to speak to my mother today for the first time since the Hurricane hit. She was tearful as she described the help of God and the kindness of neighbors who are arm in arm sharing their supplies and caring for one another. She was amazed and grateful that we were able to ship supplies to San Juan and we are thankful to God for the providential trip my mom and dad took to San Juan (3 hours from Coamo) to be able to find cell reception and call us. The opportunity to ship supplies was there but we had no way of letting them know it was coming and how to access it. Thank God they called us when they did!

We need your help! My mother first asked for continued prayer for the people of Puerto Rico. Second, she asked for help with cash. Generators run on gasoline and all the grocery stores that have opened only accept cash. Though people have money, they have no way to access it and the ATMs are empty. Until aid arrives people need to purchase gas and food. This is where you come in. My aunt is flying to Puerto Rico on Thursday and my mother will be picking her up. We want to send her with $1,000.00 cash to be able to buy gasoline and other needed supplies. She will also be picking up 150 pounds of water and food.  Most of you have not only reached out with your prayers but have asked how to help. Would you please consider donating $10 towards our fund in the next 24 hours? Whatever I raise I will give to my aunt who will carry the cash to family and neighbors who need supplies. 

I have no way to express how deeply grateful I am to you- my faith family and generous friends- for any help you can give.

Eternally Grateful,

The Vargas and Taverner Family
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ACK! You guys are so generous! Looks like I will be sending $3,000 to my mom. I appreciate your help. If we need anymore we will let you know.

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I can't even stop crying. Last night I posted this gofundme for a 24 hour campaign and within 5 minutes the goal had been reached outside of gofundme. I contacted my brother in 10 minutes to ask if we should take the campaign down and he advised we keep it up to provide additional support to my family and their neighbors in Coamo. I want to thank you all for your help. We are able to send $2,175.00 to my mom through my aunt who will use it to bless the community and meet their needs for gas, water and food until the aid arrives. I am relieved to know that the aid that arrived in port and through planes are about to be dispersed through the work of aid organizations. Please pray against corruption and for wisdom, effectiveness and speed for the aid workers who have such a difficult task before them logistically : needs for safety, accountability (to prevent corruption), and fairness in dispersing aid as well as a need to discern what areas have the people most in need. A lot of difficult decisions are being made even now.

My heart goes out to fellow Puerto Ricans who have yet to hear from family and have no way of knowing what their loved ones need. I am grateful my parents can be the voice of their neighbors and loved ones in Coamo and through YOU meet immediate and tangible needs. I can't stop crying.

It is my hope that aid will arrive quickly but if it doesn't and my mother is able to get a hold of me to share more needs I will open another gofundme. I hope I don't have to because I am well aware that millions have already been donated to help Puerto Rico.

In summary:

THANK YOU! I will be in touch to thank each of you personally for meeting a real and immediate need.

2 Corinthians 9:

7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”[a]
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
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