When it comes to helping others, Hollywood stars and Grammy award-winners are often at an advantage. Many musicians use their fame to give back via charity benefit concerts. However, American rapper Pitbull is using a more hands-on approach, helping Puerto Rican cancer sufferers get chemo by flying them to the U.S.
The singer, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, was thanked by Puerto Rico congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez on Twitter.
“Thank you @pitbull for lending your private plane to move cancer patients from PR to USA so that they can get chemo,” she wrote.
The island was recently devastated by Hurricane Maria, leaving many without basic necessities. A number of ill and injured remain stranded. Pitbull’s occasional collaborator Jennifer Lopez has since donated $1 million to aid hurricane victims.
“Thank God we’re blessed to help. Just doing my part,” [said Pitbull.]
We may like to think so, but stars aren’t all about glamor. Often, we forget they’re human too.
Following an outpour of support from dozens of celebrities, more helping hands are heading Puerto Rico’s way. This time, department store chain TJ Maxx is continuing to send paychecks to its employees in the devastated territory.
“Based on the devastating situation in Puerto Rico, we can confirm that we have continued to pay our TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Associates on the island,” a spokesperson for TJX said.
Since Hurricane Maria struck in September, Puerto Rico has seen at least 500 fatalities. Thousands of displaced locals remain out of a job. Above its steady distribution of paychecks, TJX is also providing its workers with food and water.
Netizens have flocked onto social media to express their gratitude for TJX’s gesture. It’s good to know that every American’s go-to for best buys is putting people above profit.
Puerto Rico may be underwater both literally and economically — but with the help of others, things are looking optimistic. While motor company Tesla is working on restoring the island’s power grid, celebrity chef José Andrés is feeding its hungry. 74-year-old Joseph Badame has now also become an unexpected hero. The doomsday hoarder donated his entire food stock to hungry victims.
Badame had gathered 80 barrels of food that each could sustain 84 people for four months. He said the food, which included dried beans, rice, flour, sugar, pancake mixes and more, would have been thrown away otherwise.
The doomsday prep began in the 1970’s. It was a project of Badame’s alongside late wife Phyliss. Equipped with a furnished bomb shelter, it’s no surprise that the supplies remained intact. The disaster proved that there was more to life than life itself — or the fact that it would end in an apocalypse.
“Phyliss and I prepared all this for one group of people and it turns out it’s going to help another group of people,” he said. “That’s wonderful.”
Looks like decades of stockpiling were truly worth the hassle.
Now that we know discarded laptops are capable of powering households, we ought to give simple batteries more credit. Ultimately, they’ve been an asset to communities affected by the recent hurricanes, and Tesla seems to agree. The motor company is sending Powerwall batteries to Puerto Rican homes, which currently lacks most basic necessities.
The battery pack in question is called the Powerwall, an in-home electricity solution that could hugely benefit people whose homes have been knocked off the power grid. Besides gasoline-fueled generators that are keeping power on at hospitals, the entire island is basically without power.
Due to shortages in electricity, affected residents can’t store their food. In turn, shortages of other materials worsen. Right now, Tesla is moving mountains for the devastated island, making up for the slow movements of the U.S. federal government.
Tesla employees are actually on the ground in Puerto Rico, helping to install hundreds of the battery packs, as well as performing repairs to damaged solar panels.
There is much controversy surrounding President Trump’s critical approach to San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz. Her desperate pleas for help don’t really make Twitter rants an appropriate response.
Stories of Houston bakers donating bread to hurricane victims and an air force couple postponing their wedding to rescue Floridians have undisputedly warmed our hearts. Among the wreckage, we appreciate the good news — and we’re glad it hasn’t stopped there. Hollywood stars are posting hilarious childhood snaps on social media in an effort to raise funds for Puerto Rico.
“I’m happy to announce that for every celebrity—and I get to determine who’s a celebrity—who posts their awkward teenage photos with the hashtags #PuberMe and #PuertoRicoRelief, the AmeriCone Dream Foundation will donate $1,000 to One America Appeal,” [Steven] Colbert announced [on his show].
Since the call-out, actors such as Reese Witherspoon, Steve Martin, and Kathy Griffin have publicly embarrassed themselves for the cause. These celebrities join Jennifer Lopez, who donated $1 million, and Beyonce, who is forwarding proceeds from her single to charities, in the fight to help Puerto Rico.
Trying times may call for desperate measures — but we sure do enjoy a laugh for charity. And if you aren’t of celebrity status, there are still a handful of ways to give back.
Houston bakers and Pizza Hut employees alike have made efforts to feed hurricane victims in Texas. We unfortunately can’t say the same for anyone in Puerto Rico — unless you’re José Andrés. The Spanish-American chef opened feeding stations for thousands of Puerto Ricans.
Since Andrés landed, he and his volunteers have been able to deliver some 8,000 meals a day to those in need. Footage posted to the chef’s Twitter account… shows sandwiches, paella and other meals being made by his crew from World Central Kitchen.
Despite the occasional ingredient shortages, Andrés and his team have powered through, inviting other chefs to join them. The Twitter hashtag #chefsforPuertoRico has allowed cooks across the nation to communicate and organize donations. (All hail the power of social media!)
Andrés [expressed]… he would like to expand his efforts to the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, which… is completely devastated in Maria’s aftermath and is likely not to receive aid until Puerto Rico does.
Andrés has also taken to online platforms to advise President Trump on proper relief etiquette. That’s a chef I don’t want to mess with.
Coverage on the recent hurricanes may have come to an end, but the support never ceases. Whether it’s from Pizza Hut or millionaire Marc Bell, the outpouring of donations has been plentiful. Another unlikely hero emerged just a few days ago — in the form of a cruise ship. The Royal Caribbean is bringing donations and assisting in evacuations for Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria.
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship is heading to St. Thomas and St Croix too and will be evacuating nearly 3,000 people including families of Royal Caribbean employees. The ship will drop off relief supplies at each of the three stops before taking the evacuees to Fort Lauderdale on October 3, before resuming normal operations next month.
As an incentive for would-have-been passengers, re-bookers will receive future cruise credit. Regular operations will resume on October 7 once the ship returns to San Juan. A ship of its size, the Royal Caribbean is proving to be an asset in disaster relief. Sometimes, the pleasure is in giving.