More than 14.3 million tons of donated textiles from America helps cloth struggling individuals and families across the globe. When disaster strikes in a part of the world, it’s important that all kinds of donations continue to pour in, from the average citizen to superstar athletes.
Following Hurricane Maria, the worst natural disaster in Puerto Rican history, the entire island was ravaged by the storm. Though the island’s residents have been resilient and are working towards improving their homeland every single day, they are still relying on help from others. Global superstars within the athletics community are leading the charge for that assistance.
According to Sports Illustrated, Oklahoma City Thunder star Carmelo Anthony started a Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fundraiser effort by providing a $50,000 donation.
“I’m half Puerto Rican, and I’m proud of it,” Carmelo said. “Puerto Ricans are my people. But this is about more than that. Puerto Ricans are our fellow Americans. Puerto Ricans are our fellow man. They need our help.”
Carmelo set up a YouCaring page in order to aid the global relief efforts.
Houston Astros Carlos Beltran also announced that he and his wife, Jessica, were also starting a fundraiser to help the island. The Beltran family began the CrowdRise campaign with a $1 million donation. The page has received donations from 2,794 people in three months.
Dallas Mavericks guard and Puerto Rican native J.J. Barea is doing his best to help his family, friends, and fellow Puerto Ricans as well.
SB Nation’s Mavs Moneybag reports that Barea is trying to raise as much money as possible to help the country and has already raised $265,675 of his initial goal of $300,000.
“It’s completely dark over there,” Barea said. “No phone service, no power, no water, no nothing. We’re trying our best right now to help, and whenever we’ve got contact with [family], make a plan and start helping over the next couple of days and next couple of weeks.”