One day before Hurricane Maria, on September 19th at 147pm, I received a text from my brother saying "Estamos todos seguros" meaning "We are all safe”. September 20th 2017 Hurricane Maria stormed through Puerto Rico leaving all 78 municipalities without power. In addition all cell phone towers have been down (as you may have heard from the media). My brother his wife Sheila, their son (Lukas Marti) and my mother were staying at his house, which near a river and close to the ocean. For days I didn’t hear from my brother, and in fact to this date I have not heard his voice, except thru a video that a friend was able to send. That friend is Ander Cruz who lived near my mother’s house but given that he lived in small wooden home, he decided to “ride” the hurricane near the airport at a hotel.
On Wednesday at about 7pm the storm had passed and Ander Cruz given the capability he had though the internet he was able to communicate via messenger and advise that he was ok near the airport, but had not heard from my family given that ALL cell communication was down in the entire island. Two days passed and no word from my family. I messaged Ander frequently and no response from my family.
Given the fact that utility poles were covering the roads getting to and from places was almost impossible, never the less Ander Cruz was able to somehow make a 25 mile trip from his hotel to my brother house, on Friday at 118pm he reported that my family was ok. He then said MY HOUSE IS GONE.
Thou this was a rental he was living in it still broke my heart.
Ander Cruz, married with two girls has lost it all. Never the less, he drove through adversity to report back to my wife and I that my family was ok. I cant give Ander all he needs today, but I have YOU.
My brother is now at the verge of losing his home also given that he is unable to operate his coffee shop. With no income he will soon be homeless also. This fund will help both Ander and my brother get back on their feet.
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