By Ryan Velez
Puerto Rico is in the midst of a full-blown crisis due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Many are quick to point out a sluggish government response as a major reason why the island is struggling, but also notable is the fact that the entire island was affected means that infrastructure is an issue as well. This compounds the issue by making it difficult to disperse help for those in need. However, even with a humanitarian and logistical crisis growing, many are coming together to help out. XXL Mag reports that the hip-hop community is doing its part, with Fat Joe and Tidal leading the charge.
Fat Joe announced his plan to help the island, which still has 3 million people without power, through a video on his Instagram page. In the video, he announces that he is collaborating with Tidal, JAY-Z, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to send supplies to Puerto Rico. Jay-Z will be providing a plane to send 200,000 pounds worth of goods to Puerto Rico.
“The goal is to fill and send as many cargo planes as possible. Donate or find your local drop-off location and help save lives,” reads the caption for Joe’s IG announcement. “Head to TIDAL.com/PuertoRico. If you are in the New York area we are collecting non perishable items such as water, batteries, can foods, diapers, baby wipes, canned formula, etc. on September 30th at the Jacob Javits Center. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart and I promise all these items will be delivered by ME personally to Puerto Rico. God bless. #savepuertorico.”
When the goods are donated to the Javits Center, Joe will be taking them on the flight to Puerto Rico, where he will be meeting with Daddy Yankee and a team to distribute the supplies. There are several locations throughout the state and New York City that will also be accepting donations on Saturday. They include the Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building in Brooklyn and the Jamaica Street Armory in Queens. There are also two locations in the Bronx accepting goods, Roberto Clemente State Park and the Department of Motor Vehicles on Fordham Road. This charity is largely facilitated by Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort.