Puerto Rico has once again been impacted by a natural disaster. Small tremors have been felt for weeks building up to January 6th when three 6.0-6.5 magnitude earthquakes hit the southern coast of the island. After these many aftershocks are still occurring. As I write this, I am getting alerts about tremors that seem to be losing strength, they are now around 3.8, but are stressing both the infrastructure and people’s resolve.
Just like for Hurricane Maria it is those able to help taking it upon themselves to help. Federal Aid has not arrived in PR as hundreds of people sleep in cots outside or in camping tents. Communities are taking to baseball fields and open plazas because they are either without homes or in compromised homes that might not be able to take another shake.
This time, Rolando and I along with our friend Coral (owner of Taino Foods), are in a position where our voice has more reach than it did two years ago. We are organizing a fundraiser on Friday, January, 17th at House 6 Brewing. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of beer and food will be donated to an organization in PR that is working directly with those affected the most. In addition we will have a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and special commemorative glass for sale with 100% of the profits going to the foundation. There will also be an option to make cash or credit card donations on site.
We will have live music and a happy, family friendly atmosphere to celebrate the resilience of PR.
I hope to see you there, but if you are not able to join us, we will have a link on our FB event page to the group in PR that we are sending donations to.