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Support for Puerto Rico Fund

$35,280 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 532 people in 13 months
Created September 21, 2017
Hi everyone, this is Marly Rivera.

I wanted to inform you all that I am going to leave this fund open until January, but wanted to let you know that I am going to withdraw the funds we have collected so far to start sending them to worthwhile causes.

You have collected $34,891 (so far), which is incredible, and that puts us $15,000 away from our goal, which I hope to meet in the next couple of months.

After the charges from this site, we received a transfer of $ 32,003.61 to my account.

The first $10,000 dollars were just distributed to the Rene Rivera Relief Fund. That money will be earmarked to help children with school supplies and shoes, and also will be part of Rivera's efforts to do a toy drive for children in need this holiday season.

Here is a link to the Chicago Sun Times article on Rivera and his wife Mariel's efforts:
https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/cubs-catcher-rene-rivera-toy-drive-kids-puerto-rico-charity-hurricane-maria/

We are going to distribute the rest of the money among other charities, which I will be posting here as we identify them.

I just came back from Puerto Rico and I will be going back several times in the next couple of months and will personally identify areas of need and will let you know how we are contributing.

Thank you so much for all your donations to my beloved Puerto Rico.

Below you will find the description of our fund:

This is Marly Rivera, reporter for ESPN. The island of Puerto Rico was directly hit by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday 9/20. 

Maria is the first Category 4 storm to strike the island directly since 1932. This level of devastation is something Puerto Rico has not seen in generations.

You can choose to donate to this fund, or to any of the other funds that have been set up.  Many of the other islands in the Caribbean have been devastated, and could use your help. 

This cause is personal to me: My entire family lives in Puerto Rico. Please note this is a personal fundraising effort, unrelated to my employer, ESPN.

From our end, we will collect the funds and seek advice from the Hispanic Federation as to what is the best way to deliver aid to Puerto Rico: https://hispanicfederation.org/donate
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Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know that I am going to deactivate this campaign, but wanted to make sure that you follow my updates at @MarlyRiveraESPN so you can see what we do with the final couple of thousand dollars that we still have left in our account.

There you will see how we distribute the rest of the money in order to help worthwhile causes.

There is so much tragedy in the world, and the only thing that we can do is believe that we can make a difference. And you did.

And if you think that your $1 donation doesn't make a difference, I urge you to go to social media and see the joy that fresh water and food can bring to people in need all over the world, especially victims of natural disasters.

You collected $35,080 for the people of Puerto Rico and I am so very thankful for your generosity and never took 1 cent for granted. Muchas, muchas gracias.
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Hi everyone, this is Marly Rivera.

I wanted to inform you all that I will probably be closing this fund in the next coming months, but I withdrew the funds we collected and started sending them to worthwhile causes.

You collected a total of $35,051, and even though we are still $15,000 away from our goal, we are still able to do some wonderful things, THANKS TO ALL OF YOU.

After the charges from this site, we received a transfer of $32,122.43 to my account in several installments, as detailed in the picture attached.

The first $10,000 dollars were distributed to the Rene Rivera Relief Fund. That money was earmarked to help children with school supplies and shoes, and a part was used for Rivera's toy drive for children in need in Puerto Rico this past holiday season. That info is part of my previous update.

After traveling to Puerto Rico twice, and with the help of friends who gave me some very sound advice, I just distributed another $17,000 dollars of the money you collected.

You can see the full breakdown in the receipts attached.

$10,000: Iglesia Presbiteriana en Hato Rey – The reverend in charge, José González Colón, is doing some extraordinary work helping the most remote communities in the island, like the fishing community in the Guayanés barrio of Yabucoa, almost precisely ground zero where Maria made landfall. They are also helping a community not far in Maunabo on the outskirts bordering with Patillas, who by local estimates won’t have power until at least April. They are also purchasing solar lamps to help those in need and also helping an assisted living community located in the Ciales-Utuado border. There we will be helping with general supplies and also with hygienic supplies, such as adult diapers.

If you would like to help the reverend directly, please contact him at pastor.iphr@gmail.com.

$7,000: Fundación Alas a la Mujer, a foundation that supports women who have been affected by domestic violence, and a lot of their members lost everything during Hurricane Maria. Here is a link to all the wonderful work they are doing to help single mothers in the areas hardest hit by Maria: https://fundacionalasalamujer.com/eventos-socio-educativos/

We still have a balance of close to $6,200. I will be making a couple more trips to Puerto Rico in the coming months and will continue to talk to people and identify areas of need. I think my focus will be to help children in the offshore island of Vieques, one of the areas with greatest devastation after Maria. I will publish an update as soon as possible.

My family is doing well, though some of them are still displaced from their homes, but I wanted to give you the good news that one of my brothers just got power back! So we are very thankful.

But so many people still need our help, in many places. Please continue contributing. And THANK YOU so much for all your donations to my beloved Puerto Rico.

Below you will find the original description of our fund:

This is Marly Rivera, reporter for ESPN. The island of Puerto Rico was directly hit by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday 9/20. Maria is the first Category 4 storm to strike the island directly since 1932. This level of devastation is something Puerto Rico has not seen in generations.

I can’t stand idle and I have to do something to help.

This cause is personal to me: My entire family lives in Puerto Rico. Please note this is a personal fundraising effort, unrelated to my employer, ESPN.

You can choose to donate to this fund, or to any of the other funds that have been set up. Many of the other islands in the Caribbean have been devastated, and could use your help.
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Greetings friends, I wanted to let you know that today I received the first transfer from GoFundMe. Our total amount collected so far, after fees, is $32,003.61.

I just transferred a donation of $10,000 to the Rene Rivera Relief Fund, which will help with rebuilding and donating toys to children in need in Puerto Rico.

You can find more details on our main page: https://www.gofundme.com/dontforgetpuertorico.

Attached is a copy of the wire transfer order, as you can imagine, I had to delete sensitive identifying information.

I am headed to Puerto Rico on 12/7 and will continue to keep you posted on how we use the money you have donated.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Marly
10K donation to Rene Rivera Relief Fund
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Hi everyone, I wanted to reach out on this day of thanks to say THANK YOU to everyone of you for your contribution to our fund. I went to Puerto Rico last week and the devastation in certain areas is really unspeakable. Also, more than half of the island is still without power and some areas still have no running water. But thanks to you, we are helping many of those people, and I wanted to say thank you. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by those you love. I am posting an update of how he will be using the funds, so please check out our fund page. Once again, thank you.
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Created September 21, 2017
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