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Paloma's Family Hurricane Recovery

$10,500 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 78 people in 12 months

Friends and family,

I am from Carolina, Puerto Rico, a town close to San Juan and one of the areas that was completely devastated by Hurricane Maria after also being hit with Hurricane Irma just a few days before. Last night I was finally able to briefly speak to my mom and brother via Skype and learned that my family's situation is much more dire than I anticipated.




My childhood home that my father built with his bare hands is completely destroyed–most of the roof was ripped off, the cement walls that hold the back portion of the house have crumbled, and surrounding trees have decimated our patio, shed, and kitchen. And even though we live in a non-flooding area–and therefore have no flood insurance–water flooded the main part of the house.

Because we have no insurance to cover these damages we are unsure how we will begin to rebuild. My mother is a widow with limited access to funds, so I am looking for any support from my friends and family to help us through this next phase of rebuilding.

It will be a very long road for my family–and all of Puerto Rico– to repair what was lost and any donation will be greatly appreciated by my family and the people of Puerto Rico.

Thank you for your generosity.














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A little update to all my amazing friends, all of you, my extended family. After a couple of days of setting up a more comfortable area full of lamps, mosquito traps and flashlights everywhere, our home feels less dark and chaotic. My siblings and I started to accumulate branches, cut fallen tree trunks and removing all the metal roof that flew away. We can finally walk around the front of the house. A machine came and picked up the first mountain of dead branches and we already made a new one and this just the beginning. We have tons of energy after seeing this chaos been tamed slowly but definitely it’s going better! Thanks for all your energy and love!
A new flower growing in the chaos
Front almost cleaned of branches
A second mountain of branches
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Ready to go tomorrow! 2 luggage’s full with batteries, lamps, flashlights, pet food, first aid kits, mosquito lamps, some dry nuts and canned food, water purifiers, among others and A LOT OF GREAT VIBES AND LOVE! I cannot emphasize enough how grateful I feel. Your support, generosity, compassion, all your beautiful words gave me the strength I needed. Im leaving shielded with hugs, kisses, wishes of goodness and health. All of which I’ll deliver to my family on a silver plate. I’ll be updating every time I can find an internet connection. I’ll try to concentrate on the good among the disastrous environment. Hopefully after a week of really hard work, we will begin to see the light once again.
Thank you!
Pre-packing... just a few things :)
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I just want to say how grateful my family and I are for all your incredible support. Your help spreading the campaign, your beautiful words of love and strength, your contributions. I feel so humbled and full of love realizing how many loving friends are with me, with us, in this time of infinite desolation. This means to me, and my family SO MUCH, I don't have enough words to describe how thankful I am. I'll be getting there on Saturday when the airport is finally accessible to commercial flights. I'll bring some provisions and tools so my brother's and I can begin the cleaning and rebuild of this amazing house that has been the source of incredible dreams and fantastic stories, a haven of many and the place that is home. Thank you all with all my heart. Paloma
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