Puerto Rico was hammered by Maria, with much of the island in a blackout and widespread damage.
In less than two weeks, Hurricanes Irma and Maria whipped Puerto Rico, leaving behind thousands of casualties, millionaire losses and a humanitarian crisis that does not wait. Olga Guzman says she lost communication with her sister and brother-in-law as of 10 p.m. Tuesday. Guzman said the brother-in-law is a paralytic.
"We have ships ready to go I believe out of Jacksonville with power poles and so over the next few days the ships will be making their way as the ports become open and cruise come on from the continental U.S.as well to be able to assess what needs to be done to bring the grid back up", he said. "So we're going through social media, watching videos and seeing what's going on there". But Hurricane Maria knocked out power to the island earlier this week, and the fundraiser's focus changed. Officials in Puerto Rico have said power could be out for months, while devastating flooding continues to ravage low-lying areas on the mountainous Caribbean isle.
Alejandro de la Campa has been appointed as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in Puerto Rico.
The couple's fundraiser is being hosted on GoFundMe and has raised more than $3,300 to help rebuild Puerto Rico.
All organizations and leaders of the Puerto Rican community will hold a press conference this afternoon at 5:30 at Concilio (141 East Hunting Park Avenue) to inform on the logistics of the campaign.