Puerto Rico Family in Need

I, Erica Yanes, living in Los Angeles, am raising money to help my Puerto Rican family who is in dire need after Hurricane Irma and Maria destroyed their communities.

My family has been directly affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico. I have family in Caguas, Cayey and Cidra area including my 88-year old grandmother, uncles, aunts, cousins and their children, along with extended family members. We, family throughout the United States, are trying to raise money for necessities including food and water.

My cousin, a Nurse in the Emergency Department in Puerto Rico, was able to connect through the hospital's WIFI and informed us that neighboring grocery stores are emptied out and replenishment is no where in sight with the catastrophic damages to the island preventing cargo ships to enter. Images of "S.O.S Necesitamos Agua/Comida!!" ("S.O.S We need Water/Food!!") has been seen written in the streets throughout social media due to lack of food on the island. Family in Puerto Rico has specifically asked for food as they are running out. Airports have recently opened for rescue teams and UPS is now accepting shipments there. Rescue teams are taking food and water, however, many of those items will never make it to rural or urban areas, or anywhere away from the city of San Juan.

We'd like to purchase food and water, several generators, as electricity is currently down, and provide clean water, as no running water is currently available.

Our methods of delivery is via UPS, and also make purchase of necessities through online purchasing services such as Amazon and send it to their homes. I also have an aunt in Florida who is flying out with food and water in her luggage to ensure it arrives to our family members in need; we would like to send extra boxes/luggages of food and water with her and assist with the cost of those luggage fees, and take cash on hand as Banks and ATMs are currently inoperable. Once banks are functional, we will be able to transfer/wire funds to them directly.

Currently, there is limited communication available with Puerto Rico as phone lines are down, but once communication is better established, we can inquire about damages to their homes and assist with costs of repairs. Right now, our main focus is getting them food, water and generators to survive.

Any help is appreciated and even a dollar is a dollar more than what we can provide for them.

Thank you to those willing to help me and my family when we now need it the most. God bless your homes.

May God bless Puerto Rico, our family, their communities and those who are still missing.

Pray for the World.

We need to come together to embrace humanity, only then, will we thrive. -Erica Yanes
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Erica Yanes 
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