Family in Puerto Rico

Dear Loved Ones,

As we all know, our family and friends in Puerto Rico were severely hit by a category 5 hurricane in September.  While I'm sure we have all done our best to help our fellow Americans on the beautiful island; I'm hoping we can do a little more to help one family out.

The Zapata Family is a close and dear family friend in the town of Villalba, one of the top three worst hit towns in Puerto Rico.  While Suenda and Doel are parents of two beautiful kiddos, they also are responsible for their parents and extended family.  They both are social workers, working for the local and federal government.  Due to the fact that they cannot work since there is no electricity or internet, they are not getting paid.

Running water returned to them last week, however it is not clean or filtered, so it can only be used for bathing.  Their daughter cannot bathe in the water since she underwent heart surgery as a baby; leaving her more easily prone to infection and illness.

They do not have electricity and access to internet is not an option in their or surrounding towns.  They are about a three hour drive to San Juan, through the mountains, where bridges were swept away by high waters and winds. As of right now, it is predicted that it will take a year to bring electricity or bridge access back to Villalba.  Needless to say, they are stranded.  

I know it is a lot to ask of people to donate money, but I'm hoping we can all find it in our hearts to help this beautiful family in Puerto Rico.  Any monetary donation will help and be immensely appreciated.

The money will be used for supplies for the family including food, water, insect repellent, batteries and fans.  I am hopeful, if necessary, the funds can also support bringing their two young children to the continental United States if the situation becomes more dire.

Again, please consider making any donation, anything is appreciated.
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