Jennifer Lopez has donated $1 million to support Puerto Rican recovery, after the U.S. territory suffered widespread devastation from hurricanes Irma and Maria. The 48-year-old performer, who's Puerto Rican and Bronx-born, announced she'll directly pull funds from her Las Vegas residency to support the island reeling from disaster.
Lopez arrived in Puerto Rico from Las Vegas to speak with New York governor Andrew Cuomo at a press conference, where she detailed plans to provide aid alongside her boyfriend, former baseball player Alex Rodriguez. Donations have already pooled in from New York Yankees and Major League Baseball, Lopez said, adding that two airplanes full of food and electricity generators are on their way to the island, as well.
"What's foremost in my mind and many others, is trying to figure out the best way to help," Lopez said in an Instagram statement. "Our island of Puerto Rico has been his by two of the most devastating hurricanes we've ever seen: Irma and Maria. Today, Puerto Rico needs our help. I urge you to support and donate to the efforts of the first lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rossello."
Puerto Rico's economy was already shaky before the hurricanes hit with $123 billion in debt, and now the island of 3.5 million people is terribly flooded, without power and forced to somehow rebuild after the most recent major Category 4 hurricane plowed through. With an estimated $1 billion in damages, here are five ways you can help—because remember, Puerto Ricans are Americans.
Global Giving: Donate, here.
UNICEF: Donate, here.
United for Puerto Rico: Donate, here.
Students With Puerto Rico: Donate, here.
Unidos: A Relief Fund for Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico: Donate, here.