Christmas In Puerto Rico
As the holiday season was approaching, I decided I wanted to spend mine giving back. Unfortunately, these days, there are many disasters to choose from. However, I felt that Puerto Rico had been left largely ignored after Maria. The people there need their story told. So, I picked up my camera gear and spent ten very emotional days in post Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico. I heard stories that made me cry everyday, as my team and I delivered food, water, personal hygiene supplies, medical supplies, and Christmas toys to people still in need. Many of these people had yet to receive any, or very little, help over these past three months.
However, despite everything, Puerto Ricans are strong, loving, amazing people, who really love Christmas! Many of these people, around 65%, have not had power since the storm, but that wasn’t going to stop them from decorating their homes!
With their failing economy before the hurricane that devastated the American Territory, many Puerto Ricans found themselves without the funds, let alone a home, to celebrate the holidays.
We visited eight different schools, and were welcomed by the shouts from young kids seeing Santa for the first, and probably, the only time this year. With the crushing costs of having to rebuild their homes, the expensive cost of gas for generators, which most families could only afford to run up to four hours a day to power their homes, for these Puerto Ricans, this was going to be the only Christmas they would see.
Forever grateful and happy holidays!
If you want to help Puerto Rico, please donate to Hope Heroes Here.