Jennifer Aniston Has Donates $1 Million To Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico • MetDaan

Jennifer Aniston Has Donates $1 Million To Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

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After vast parts of the southern United States felt the force of Hurricane Harvey at the end of August, in September a tropical wave turned into a storm and eventually became Hurricane Maria, the tenth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. The brunt was borne by the island of Dominica, where Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster in history and Puerto Rico, an unincorporated US territory located in the northeast Caribbean Sea. The hurricane, which struck on the 20th September, has caused $90 billion in damages across Dominica, while the havoc it wrought on the archipelago of Puerto Rico has resulted in a major humanitarian disaster.

The death toll currently stands at 45 and nearly 90% of the island remains without power; according to NBC, it could be at least half a year before electricity is restored.

Additionally, a vast number of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million population are in need of proper shelter and clean drinking water. In addition to the relief efforts by numerous countries, several high-profile celebrities have donated generously, one of them being Friends star Jennifer Aniston, who has put in $1 million forward to help in the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

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According to E! News, Aniston donated $500,000 to the American Red Cross disaster relief services in Puerto Rico, with the same amount going to the Ricky Martin Foundation, an organization dedicated to battling human trafficking in the Caribbean.

The American Red Cross and the Puerto Rican government have launched a joint multi-island relief effort, while the Ricky Martin Foundation has pledged to help the survivors of Hurricane Maria, aiming to restore some sense of normality in its aftermath.

Speaking about the famous actress’ donation, a source told E! News:

“She is concerned that so much is still needed to be done for the victims of these recent hurricanes, especially Puerto Rico where there is still no power to most of the island. She hopes this inspires others to give what they can.”

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Pop star Ricky Martin, himself a Puerto Rico native, has taken to Twitter to acknowledge Aniston’s donation, writing, “Jennifer Aniston U R amazing Thanx 4 donating $500k for our #PuertoRico relief fund We will never forget. U R saving lives Jenn #Allin4PR.”

Cruise company Royal Caribbean also contributed towards the relief efforts, sending out a part of their luxury fleet to aid the victims of the disaster. The company, which is headquartered in Miami, Florida, canceled an upcoming voyage to be able to dispatch more ships to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, and their assistance has included delivering supplies, providing evacuees with shelter and transporting victims to the United States.

Source: vt

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