Please don’t forget about the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

A real crisis is happening in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. After Hurricane Maria devastated the region last week, large populations are still without power or aid.

Puerto Rican officials have stated that it could be up to six months to restore power to the entire island.

“We are U.S. citizens that just a few weeks ago went to the aid of other U.S. citizens even as we’re going through our fiscal downturn and as we were hit by another storm,” said Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló. “Now, we’ve been essentially devastated. Complete destruction of the power infrastructure, severe destruction of the housing infrastructure, food and water are needed. My petition is that we were there once for our brothers and sisters, our other U.S. citizens, now it’s time that U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are taken care of adequately, properly.”

As the Washington Post put it, “the island is hot, isolated, and running out of supplies.” With basic needs gone, hopefully, the Commander and Chief will stop being distracted and starting being proactive with FEMA, the Navy, and U.S. Coast Guard.

In the meantime, we all have a role to play. Step up and donate. We have a list of orginaztions on our website that will help. The funds donated to these organizations go directly to aid.

As Erick posted, pray. Pray for endurance, help, strength, and hope. Pray that the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands receive aid. With most airports and harbors severely damaged, this poses a far greater challenge just getting onto the islands. Also, pray that all of our focus turn toward this humanitarian crisis that truly is life or death.

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