Help for Utuado

Hello everyone,

As many know I'm a proud Puerto Rican who happens to be from a beautiful town called Utuado, which has recently taken a big hit from hurricane Maria and has suffered much devastation.

My hometown, which was known for its vast vegetation and beauty, is now known for being one of the towns most affected from both hurricane Irma and hurricane Maria. Furthermore, living in this situation firsthand, that my beautiful Island is going through, has been very difficult, especially for my family. For the past month, I have gone out of my way to make sure my family, loved ones and neighbors are ok, but sadly it isn't enough due to the lack of water, electricity, food, medical attention, etc. What has been even more challenging is being able to collect items of first need and being able to deliver these first hand to family, neighbors and others in need.

For those who have already helped, with much gratitude, I want to personally thank those who have sent care packages as soon as they could, but with sorrow in heart, I've noticed that many of those packages still haven't arrived due to backtrack movement within the USPS and other mailing cooperations, robbery, etc.

In these harsh moments I ask for your help so I can give more to those who need help urgently, and especially now that I am conscious we are going to be in this situation for a long while.

So, with a humble heart, I'm asking for help. Even if it's with donations where I can directly buy items of necessity, such as water, food, feminine products, products of first aid, batteries, lanterns, etc. And also, soon I will be taking a trip to the mainland (USA) to directly collect items which I haven't been able to find here in Puerto Rico. With your donations, I can also purchase items that are of much need and have it delivered as soon as next week once I get back from the mainland. This would be for those in my hometown and family.

So, before hand, I want to greatly say THANK YOU for your help, even if its with a sending donations, care packages, notes or even a prayer for my beloved Island and town which I call home. If anything please don't be afraid to message me for more information. Once again THANK YOU ALL for your help! This means so much to me and those who will be recieving this aid. 

P.S. If you wish to see the conditions my hometown is in, you can search the hashtag #Utuado on any social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
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