Update #6 From Puerto Rico

Here is the latest via @artistikem on the ongoing post-hurricane misery in Puerto Rico (only she is allowed emojis in this blog!):

I know it’s been a while but here I am again. 😁

I have to give a huge thank you and a shout out to the Iglesia Bautista de El Cielito church for the awesome work they’ve done. They recently visited an elderly care home by the name of Mis Queridos Abuelos, where they took all kinds of supplies as well as some food and entertainment for the folks living there. I’m so grateful that my friend Olga contacted me about it and that I was able to send some donations through them. They still need stuff (mostly personal hygiene, bed pads, and adult diapers) so whatever comes my way will be sent theirs.

Help has been trickling in so today Mom and Dad went to Sor María Blanca with yet another car full of things. And they’ve been visiting the animal sanctuary whenever we get animal food or supplies.

Sor María Blanca did talk to them about the need for 3 generators for the community of Villa Esperanza. These people have been without power since hurricane Irma, yet all they want to do is establish a sort of laundry area where they can plug a couple of washing machines for everyone to use. I have no idea how I could help there but any ideas or donations will be appreciated.

As of now, I’m pulling the plug on this relief effort on March 31st. I can’t begin to express how humbling this experience has been. Never in my life did I believe myself capable of something like this and here we are, 5 months later and still going. Most of the people we’ve helped have managed to get back on their feet and for that I’m super happy. It feels good making a difference in people’s lives.

Hurricane season starts again on June 1st and seeing how weird the weather has been, it’s a cause for concern. Not freaking out about it but yeah… it’s worrisome.

Anyway. THANK YOU! I still can’t believe the awesome response we’ve had. I’ve met so many cool peeps and even reconnected with family. It’s in these times that you know people’s true colors and I’m glad to say you’ve all shined so so bright!

Our journey towards recovery is still far from over but your help has helped immensely.

I’ll still be taking donations via these methods (even after March 31st, I won’t lie to myself 😝) so feel free to share this and/or send your donation 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

P.S. The sign in the photo is still exactly where María left it and that is a major toll road in the island. I drive by it every day and it’s like a constant reminder of what happened.

Previously here:

Hurricane Relief For Puerto Rico Is Still Needed
Weekly Update #4 From Puerto Rico
Weekly Update #3 From Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico And America’s House Of Cards
Weekly Update #1 From Puerto Rico
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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