#flashbackfriday to last year just two months before #hurricanemaria tried to cripple the life out of Puerto Rico. My heart goes out to my many family and friends still on the island trying to survive and put back the broken pieces. May those whose lives were taken by this natural disaster and at the hands of the politics Rest In Paradise. It is an entire year later and it feels like it just happened. I was born in a small town called Ceiba, Puerto Rico were my family can trace back my ancestors even before the Spanish arrived on them ships and took control. It sits at barely 90 feet above sea level. Home is now this high dry desert at 3500 feet and all of its majestic beauty but my heart lives en mi Isla Bonita. Que viva Puerto Rico! 🇵🇷❤️🙌🏻
#puertorico 🇵🇷 Fuck you! #hurricanemaria
This time last year, Chef Chris Williams and his team began brainstorming ways to help the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The result was a #HurricaneRelief toy drive that resulted in dozens of toys, which Chef Chris personally delivered to the children of #PuertoRico . •
One year later, Lucille’s is continuing its mission to support the relief efforts in Puerto Rico, by initiating another donation drive, this time with the entire family in-mind. Drop by the restaurant now through the end of the year with a family-friendly donation, and receive 10% off your meal. Have questions? Drop your donation inquiries in the comment section below 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾
Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico. A devastating blow to the island. Even though it is a US territory, after the highlight reels and breaking news passed, it was mostly forgotten about; in addition, the severity of it was downplayed by media, the White House, and local government. It seemed more of a political dance to make people in power look better. While the regular and new breaking stories were playing out, along with the banter back and forth between political extremes, the island and the people were often forgotten. The people of Puerto Rico were stepping up and taking care of themselves, learning construction, plumbing, electrical work and other trades to get back on their feet. Local organizations like@casapueblo_monarca were back on their feet soon after, as they’re self-sustaining, and were able to start providing resources and daily updates and information (via their radio stations) for the mountain towns and villages in and around the areas they served. The people of Puerto Rico are amazing and are worth being celebrated. Without the citizens of this amazing place the island would be in a very different place. There are things being done, and Puerto Rico is a lot better off. Yet, one year later, there is so much still to be done.
You can help by supporting, partnering, or maybe even joining one of these amazing organizations on the ground in Puerto Rico. Check out these guys and their work that is bringing hope, restoring dignity, and equipping the locals to get back in their feet. @allhandsandhearts, @100roofs , and @thehappygivers. To get honest and up-to-date information, follow @davidbegnaud . He has been covering the island since day one.
Puerto Rico, you are beautiful and we love you. Thank you for who you are. You aren’t forgotten, and we are with you! #puertoricostrong