Ricky Martin Begs For Help On Behalf Of Puerto Rico

Ricky Martin Begs For Help On Behalf Of Puerto Rico
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Updated 9 months ago

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.

Visibly shaken, Martin had this to say:

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.

Donations can be made to Martin's YouCaring Hurricane Maria relief efforts here.

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.

There was an outpouring of love on social media for Ricky, Ellen and the people of Puerto Rico:

There has also been widespread criticism of how the current administration has handled the crisis in Puerto Rico. 

When he wasn't in a Twitter war with the NFL, Donald Trump had this to say about the disaster:

People are beyond outraged:

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.