Puerto Rico

Photo. Ricardo Arduengo. Getty Images.

This drone photo, featured as photo of the week by several publications, represents some of the hurricane devastation to the island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory whose name translates as “rich port”.

Just a few suggestions of ways to help…


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67 Responses to Puerto Rico

  1. Thanks for sharing the link, Van. The devastation there is terrible and the images of destruction and suffering are heartbreaking.

  2. Thanks Van. Up until I read your post, I realize I’ve been in a fog about helping out. That is, it hasn’t crossed my mind that I need to step up. I’m ashamed to admit it, but there you are.

  3. I appreciate you sharing this, Van. It’s all so heartbreaking. Hugs.

    • There are so many photos that show the devastation, Teagan, but this one garnered much attention. It is heartbreaking, and folks are conflicted about giving to charities. But, we need to do something. Thanks.

  4. Laura says:

    Gosh, van, that’s hard to comprehend. Thanks for sharing the link.

    • It is mind-boggling, Laura. Just the thought of no power, no food, water, medicine. There are container trucks with supplies sitting in port, but no truck drivers with fuel to get to them.

  5. Thank you Van. I cannot imagine how some of these islands will manage to recover.

  6. Sue Vincent says:

    …and we complain about a bit of rain. Thanks Van.

  7. It’s heartbreaking to see how these storms have devastated the Caribbean. Thank you so much for sharing this link, Van.

  8. Thank you for the information. I want to do something.

  9. Thanks for the link! So devastating

  10. My mom grew up in Puerto Rico and we have family there. She called me up to see if we can go out there…but I told her we will. Hopefully during Thanksgiving. It’s not a pretty picture there. Thanks Van for sharing.

  11. Erika Kind says:

    Nature still has the greatest power! Prayers and Love to all the people in Puerto Rico – the victims and the helpers. 💖

    • The struggle is real, J. And the islands make the logistics so much more complicated.

      • Yes they do, but I have to say I can’t understand how hard it is to unload stuff, I think they just didn’t plan and lack control. They should have people hand unloading stuff as soon as those cargo ships landed. Hell before ports they’d unload stuff by small boat…

      • It does make you wonder how many dropped the ball, or just didn’t anticipate the problems, even with transportation. The environmental and infrastructure issues will be tough, but getting food, water and meds where they are needed, it’s just basic. Thanks for weighing in…

  12. Val Boyko says:

    Thank you Van for bringing it home and into our homes. This is where we can help!

  13. Elyse says:

    A natural disaster turned tragedy — that should have been helped much sooner

  14. George says:

    I can’t even imagine what is happening to all those affected by these hurricanes, on our mainland and the islands. For some, their way of life is gone. That’s hard for someone to put their arms around.

  15. markbialczak says:

    Great reminder, Van, of how we can help.

  16. AmyRose🌹 says:

    It is so heartbreaking to see this kind of devastation and yes I know how desperately people are in need of help. Unfortunately, too many charities have been caught cheating and stealing and we who want to help are very hesitant to do so or we honestly don’t know who to trust any more. How sad that the very ones set up to help those in disaster areas had to get greedy and get their sticky fingers in the pot. This image is heart stopping.

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  19. dgkaye says:

    Heartbreaking and disheartening how it’s all been handled. 😦

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  21. Miriam says:

    So very tragic. Thanks for sharing the link and bringing more awareness to this area.

  22. Thank you dear Van for highlighting how we can help.. And the link is very useful.. I give support monthly to two charities, the RedCross and Save the Children.. But always chip in what I can to major disaster events..
    It is heart rendering to see, and how many are without homes, food water etc… Basics which we take for granted..
    Love to you xx

  23. I’ve been in disbelief over our PreSidEnt’s tweets to PR, complaining that they are costing too much, telling them not to whine and that we have to pull out.

  24. prior.. says:

    thanks for this -= I have been praying for PR and northern Cal …
    this was a very good post

  25. The devastation in the island is massive & is Heartbreaking to see our island like this.

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