News of Hurricane Irma hitting Puerto Rico was heartbreaking. Hearing Hurricane Maria came thru only a week later was terrifying. We have family in Puerto Rico and the entire island has been on my heart. My husband and I want so much to just drop everything and go to help, but there is no way that I am aware of (at the time of this writing) to be able to do that yet.
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People in the state of Florida have been complaining of having no power for a few days, maybe two weeks at the latest.. imagine being in Puerto Rico – they will reportedly be out of power for six months to a year! The destruction is a whole other heartache. Because of the damage and power outages, Puerto Rico has lost all communications. If you have been unable to reach your family, you may email the island’s disaster relief team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please only send one email, no updates (unless contact is made with your loved one prior to a response email) as they are inundated with requests for help.
Our family has a pretty open dialogue and we discuss a lot of current events. We talked to the kids (ages 10 & 12) about Puerto Rico. My son’s first response was “Are we going to go to Puerto Rico to help?” I wasn’t prepared for that. I should have been. He has a heart of pure gold. It just overwhelmed me with joy that, as a 10 year old, his first, immediate response was to actually go to the disaster site to help. Once I explained that the airports were closed and there was no way for us to get there yet, his second question was “Can I have a lemonade stand to help?” Why yes, yes you can. It was at this point that I was willing to let him to do almost anything to help, because I never want to simmer out that fire of desire to help inside him. He is constantly giving away his clothes and toys to family members and friends that may have wanted or needed the item.
We have decided to raise funds and donations for Puerto Rico as a family. The kids will be going a step further and the funds that they raise will be going to make comfort bags for kids in Puerto Rico. Their idea was to create a bag of toys and comfort items (blanket, stuffed animal, travel games, puzzles, etc) to bring joy to the children in a time of such heartache.
There are several ways you can help us, as shown below. We decided to call our fundraiser “Faith-Full Hearts for Puerto Rico” because we are faithfully following our heart’s and the calling to help that God has placed upon it… and we hope you will do the same!
There’s several ways you can help our family’s “Faith-Full Hearts” Mission. Here’s how:
*Donate Items for Puerto Rico.
We will gladly accept donations of new or gently used items to send to Puerto Rico. Below is a list of suggested items, however other items will be accepted. Please feel free to email me at MommyLoveMedia@gmail.com with any questions or for pick-up arrangements (if local)/ drop off locations available around the state.
- Small Tents
- Sleeping Bags
- Flashlights and/or Lanterns
- Gas Cans
- First Aid Supplies
- Personal Care Items: Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Body Wash/Soap, Shampoo, Tampons
- Mosquito/ Bug Spray
- Baby Formula (This MUST be Unopened. Sample Cans are fine!)
- Baby Bottles
- Baby Wipes
- Trash Bags
- Hand Sanitizer
- Canned Non-Perishable Foods
- Water Purification Tablets
- Laundry Detergent
- Dish Soap
For your convenience, I have also created an Amazon Wish List.
ALL items purchased from this list will be donated to Puerto Rico.
Please know that by using the wonderful YouCaring platform to organize this fundraiser 100% of all money raised will go to Puerto Rico! Other platforms cost anywhere up to 5% of each donation! YouCaring ensures more of your money goes to your cause and relies on volunteer funds to keep their site free. Thank You YouCaring! <3
*Do you have a business that would like to help contribute?
We will gladly accept donations from businesses in the form of cash donations, product donations for Puerto Rico or product donations for the purpose to raffling to raise money for Puerto Rico. Please email me at MommyLoveMedia@gmail.com for more information!
*Share this fundraiser!
We need your help to get the word out to as many people as we can about this fundraiser! Please share on Facebook, tweet on Twitter, email your family & friends and pass the link out in person. We can’t do this without you – this is not a Mommy Love Media effort.. it’s a community effort!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for any help you contribute,
whether its $5 or $100, product or simply a prayer!!