Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico hard and the island is suffering. Over 3.4 million Americans are in a humanitarian crisis without food, water, medical supplies, electricity, or cellular service. The infrastructure is devastated, farms are destroyed, and only now, a full week later, is the Trump administration moving to bring desperately needed relief to the area.
In a heartbreaking appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Puerto Rican American Ricky Martin urged Americans to help their fellow citizens during this time of national crisis. Martin has not been able to get in touch with his family for five days. His father is very ill and unable to get off the island.
We were destroyed by a hurricane and it’s been very difficult right now. There is no water, there is no electricity, there is no food. There is no medicine. There is no diesel for the generators that will make the hospital work. People are dying. So, as a Puerto Rican, as the American that I am, I’m here to ask for your help.
Ellen presented Martin with a donation of $80,000 from General Mills and Cheerios. Martin said the money would be used to buy bottled water, canned food, baby formula, blankets and pillows, mosquito repellent, diapers, pet food, and medicine.
Thanks for your help, Ellen. Puerto Rico needs it.— Lencsike David (@LencsikeD) September 28, 2017
(my two favorite people in one place... I needed that)
Thank you Leonardo DiCaprio thank you Ricky Martin n all the great people who really want to help, make sure, the people who need it get it!— Philly (@aisotomayor) September 28, 2017
~I'm really glad to see this. Support for Puerto Rico is needed badly. *Props to Ricky for giving Leo a shout out. 80k can do alot.— Tanya Steele (@Tanya_R_Steele) September 28, 2017
There has also been widespread criticism of how the current administration has handled the crisis in Puerto Rico.
Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
Trump tweeted more times yesterday praising himself than he did about Puerto Rico humanitarian disaster. Which is easy, cause he ignored PR.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) September 29, 2017
With so much frustration over the lack of urgency on the part of Trump and his administration, many Puerto Rican celebrities, along with Martin, are taking matters into their own hands by donating money and supplies to the area.