We can’t all be Pitbull, who sent his private plane to Puerto Rico to transport cancer patients to the mainland for care. But there are plenty of ways that regular folks can help support relief efforts on the hurricane-ravaged island.
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Considering the challenges of getting supplies onto a devastated island, your best bet may be to donate funds to a charity that’s responding to the crisis, so they can pay for their supplies — which they can buy in bulk — and fund their work. (While you’re responding to a specific crisis, consider not earmarking your donation for Puerto Rico. Read more on why here.)
Where to Donate
Americares is providing medicine and medical supplies, and responding to recovery needs as they arise.
Catholic Relief Services is partnering with local organisations and working to provide “shelter, water and critical supplies, including tarps, tents, and hygiene and kitchen kits to families affected by these disasters”.
Convoy of Hope, another faith-based organisation, provides food, water and emergency supplies.
GlobalGiving is a global crowdfunding network (with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator). Their fund for hurricane recovery in the Caribbean encompasses emergency supplies and long-term recovery and rebuilding, channeling donations to vetted local organisations.
Hispanic Federation launched Unidos, a disaster-relief fund for Puerto Rico and Mexico.
International Medical Corps provides emergency relief and longer-term training programs to help communities recover from disaster.
The Sato Project is rescuing displaced and homeless dogs and transporting them to shelters outside of Puerto Rico.
Unidos por Puerto Rico was launched by Beatriz Rosselló, the first lady of Puerto Rico, “with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María”.