How to help people in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Fiona

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Puerto Rico remained in the dark Tuesday night, struggling to recover from Hurricane Fiona.

This is all happening on the same day that marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria. There are harsh lessons Maria learned from Maria that should guide us all as we try to help Fiona’s victims and their families.

Hurricane Fiona cut off power and water supplies for most of Puerto Rico’s 3.1 million residents and also left the Dominican Republic in shambles. And as always, we know the people of the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys want to do what they can to help. That’s why the troubleshooters looked for the people and organizations that we know will make the best use of your donations.

Wanda Mora posted a video on Instagram after Maria.

“It was a very, very traumatic experience,” she said.

Five years ago, on September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and killed her father.

“In loving memory of my father, Jose Mora.”

Mora spoke about how she feels looking at the images of the devastation.

“My sister still lives there, my nieces and nephew,” she said. “It’s definitely heartbreaking to watch.”

When asked how important it is for people to spend their money wisely, Mora responded.

“It’s super, super important,” she said. “I would urge people not to make the same mistake we made with Hurricane Maria.”

Mora says so many people have helped victims, but in too many cases the donations have not helped the people who needed it most. She hopes this time donors will be more sensible about where their money goes.

“I have mostly grassroots organizations that worked with me during Hurricane Maria,” she said. “Stronger than Maria or Somos Puerto Rico 100% of the money goes to the people, 100% of the money.”

Other local organizations that coordinate fundraising and giving efforts include Philadelphia-based Concilio and Unidos Pa Puerto Rico.

Community members founded Unidos Pa Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and are now looking for volunteers to help with Hurricane Fiona.

“I want to say to the Puerto Rican people that we will not let you down, you are not alone. And we will be there to help,” Mora said.

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