Weekly Update #1 From Puerto Rico

Since the first and longer post is no longer a Sticky, I’ve asked Astrid (@artistikem) in Puerto Rico to submit a weekly update on relief efforts and the status of things there. Each of these Updates will be a Sticky for a week. Let’s help end the misery down there. Scroll down one for each day’s new posts (if any).

Last Friday (Jan 5) was an example of how the universe works, how everything just falls into place when it’s for something good.

Late December I had been tagged by a friend on a post about a convent in Bayamón asking for donations. In their list there was baby formula of the brand EleCare, among other things. This convent, Siervas de la Verdad, is helping 132 families in need after the hurricane so of course I was on board to try and help them.

Early this week I got a message from a family member telling me she had some baby formula to donate. I said yes without really knowing who it would go to or when I’d be able to pick it up since I’d been sick for a couple of days. The pic showed at least one can of EleCare so I figured I’d take it to the convent and see what happened.

Today I was able to pick up the donations and, indeed, there was EleCare, two cans of it. Great. So I headed out to check where this convent was (thank you Google Maps) because their phone line is still down. I arrived without getting lost which is a biggie for me and called at the front door. Sister Blanca opened the door and greeted me in a loving way. I told her what I had brought, about the baby formula…

And then she asked me if it was the green one.

And I didn’t know because I’ve never even taken care of a baby in my life and have only recently dealt with baby formulas because of donations and only now learnt there are like 1,000,000 types of them.

We proceeded to take boxes out of the car — it was packed with supplies of all kinds — uncovering the box with the baby formulas…

Sister Blanca took the lid off. Grabbed a can. Pulled it out.

It was the green one!!

To say she was ecstatic is an understatement. She hugged me so many times. Both cans were of the green one and she told me it costs around $46 each. So when the hurricane devastated the community of Villa Esperanza in Toa Alta, this family with a micro-cephalic baby almost watched him die because they had run out of formula and had no means to get more

“This is the greatest Three Kings Day gift ever! How can I ever repay you?” she asked, “I don’t want anything.” A pause, a loving stare, “a prayer maybe?” “That’s always welcome.” And we hugged like we had known each other for a long time.

This, my friends, is what’s happening in Puerto Rico. Innocent lives are being lost due to not being able to fulfill basic needs. I will be taking more stuff to Sister Blanca so she can channel them towards this community. I’ll add some to my Amazon wish-list.

If you’d like to send donations directly to Sister Blanca:

Sister Blanca Lacambra
Siervas de la Verdad
Sultana del Oeste O-1
Urb. Reparto Flamingo
Bayamón, PR 00959-4949

If you’d like to keep on helping us help others, here’s how to:

Amazon wish-list: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3T4USG7ULMQN2
Amazon gift cards: artistikem@gmail.com
PayPal: artistikem@gmail.com
Mail: Artistikem PO BOX 7225 Caguas PR 00726-7225
ATH Móvil: 787-366-5068

🇵🇷 #HurricaneMariaRelief #PuertoRico 🇵🇷

Previously here:

The Post-Maria Horror In Puerto Rico Continues
Third Update From Puerto Rico
Don’t Forget Puerto Rico Or Its Abandoned Pets
Puerto Rico Is Still In Trouble
Second Update From Puerto Rico
An Update From Puerto Rico
Amazon Wish List For Hurricane Maria Relief In Puerto Rico

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