Jennifer Lopez is just one of countless others who have yet to hear from their family after Hurricane Maria hurled through Puerto Rico.
“What’s on my mind is what’s going on in Puerto Rico,” Lopez said in an Instagram video Thursday night. She was backstage at a show for her residency in Las Vegas. “Me and my cousin still haven’t been able to hear from our families over there. What’s foremost on my mind and many others is trying to figure out the best way to help.”
She went on to ask fans to support the recovery efforts that are in place to help rebuild the areas destroyed.
“Today, Puerto Rico needs your help. I urge you to support and donate the efforts of the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Areizaga. Together we can help rebuild our island, and the Caribbean.”
A post shared by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on Sep 21, 2017 at 9:24pm PDT
Lopez was born to Puerto Rican parents in the Bronx. Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, and Rosie Perez have also made strides to help rebuild Puerto Rico.
Please help us spread the word to help our fellow brothers and sisters in need. #UnitedforPuertoRico A post shared by Marc Anthony (@marcanthony) on Sep 21, 2017 at 10:40am PDT
Martin uploaded a video of his own as well. “Hello everyone this is Ricky Martin and I need your help,” he said. “Puerto Rico needs you at the moment. Just got o youcaring.com/rickymartin and help us. Donate whatever you can, just one dollar would make a difference. If everyone would give me a dollar, my goodness. Puerto Rico is in a precarious position at the moment. We can’t do it alone. We need you.”
Mi gente necesita. Ayúdame. Link in bio youcaring.com/rickymartin A post shared by Ricky (@ricky_martin) on Sep 22, 2017 at 1:16am PDT
So far, Martin has raised almost $120,000 in his fundraising campaign.
Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rican soil on Wednesday as a category 4. It ruined homes for millions of residents as it marks the most dangerous storm to land in Puerto Rico since 1932. The entire territory has lost its electricity. It will reportedly take six months to restore electricity to 3.5 million residents. They are also without cell phone service.
“This is total devastation. Puerto Rico, in terms of infrastructure, will not be the same. This is something of historic proportions.”
Ten people in Puerto Rico have died as a result of Hurricane Maria. The total death toll for the natural disaster is 18.
The devastation of Maria follows that of Harvey in Houston and Irma in Florida.