Hurricane Maria left their flooded - with half a roof, and the other half leaking. Freddy's mother, Maria Lucinda, 77, and sister Gloria, 54, along with Maria's husband Martin, 82, live in a single story home in Caguas, about 30 minutes from San Juan in the hills.
Martin has diabetes and has made his way to the hospital this week for at least a week or 2 of care. Gloria is disabled with OI - Brittle Bone Disease and can't get around on her own.
Click HERE to read the latest on the massive shortage of gas, food, cash and water due to distribution challenges faced by FEMA and the Dept of Defense.
As of Oct. 2nd, we've heard our family just twice since the hurricane hit. They are still without power, and just spent their last $40 on food. Stores don't take credit cards and limit how much one can buy. Banks are closed, and ATM's are out of cash.
In Caguas, homeless citizens are wandering the streets. There has been no sign of FEMA or assistance. No provisions have arrived - 2 weeks after the Hurricane hit.
The entire island of 3.4 million people will be without power for 6-8 months, due to the age and condition of the existing power infrastructure and lack of resources/workers.
Currently PR is experiencing record heat in the 90's with high humidity, so sleeping has become unbearable.
If you have been wanting to support Hurricane Relief efforts, please help us build a repair fund for our family.
This fund will help with 2 major needs:
1. Rebuild their roof and repair damaged windows/doors ($2,000 - $4,000)
2. Provide a portable generator to supply power for the next 6-8 months until power is restored. ($3,000 - $5,000)
Click here to read what the US Department of Defense still needs to get supplies delivered.
At this point, our family will stay in Puerto Rico as long as Martin is needing medical care. We will send funds as soon as the Western Union office in San Juan opens (meaning with power, employees, and funds.) Fortunately, the corporate HQ of Western Union is in Colorado so I'm hoping they can assist me with info on when their PR operations are back up and running.
Thank you for donating to our relief fund, any amount helps, no matter how small.
We will keep updating you on the situation in Caguas and the rest of Puerto Rico. God Bless you for any amount you can give, any amount helps!
Much Love, Freddy, Allison, Marco & Marina.
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