In case you missed it, there’s a charity auction underway! Despite the January dates listed on the items, the auction ends at 11:59pm Sept 30th. Over 70 pieces to bid on – some of them are gaining lots of fans who are in bidding wars, but many are still available at affordable bids, so check them out:

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With the anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Maria one year ago today, people will be talking more about what’s going on right now in Puerto Rico. Especially in light of Hurricane Florence, too. (Stay tuned for a Florence fundraiser in October!) It’s a great time to do a little something to help PR and to share it with your friends and family – and just think, in an auction, YOU get something TOO!

GOOD NEWS: Hurricane Isaac dissipated – it was aiming for PR but is falling apart and unlikely to re-form. Hooray!

Interested in learning more about the current status of Puerto Rico recover? Check out articles listed below the videos.

I’ve received so many email questions about why I’m interested in helping our fellow Americans on an island so far away that I thought perhaps sharing more info about what is going on there would help us all. Puerto Rico news is not common across the mainland – and I had to do some real searching to educate myself, including traveling there myself earlier this year!

Thus I’ve collected a few recent pieces below from a wide variety of news sites if you’re interested in learning more. If you aren’t, that’s fine…tomorrow it’s back to crafting here on the blog, so I’ll see ya then!

Water

Here’s a piece about continued scarce access to potable water – this man is carrying only inches of water in that big jug because more would be too heavy. (I totally get that. Have you ever tried carrying 5 gallons of water?) Read more at WaPo.

Power

Here’s a story about a family that just got access to power in August – look at little Luana’s delight! The three kids have been without power for nearly a year. (Can you imagine 3 kids without power in today’s world? Yikes!) Read more at NYT.

Housing

FEMA aid has been slow and in many cases unavailable – due to the way the island’s records are organized. Many houses are “informal” and have no titles or deeds, which FEMA requires. Often these families have lived in these homes for 50 years or more, but…they’re unable to rebuild. Read more at NPR.

Death Toll

The government, for months, didn’t attribute deaths to the hurricane unless they were immediately affected by, perhaps falling debris or drowning. It’s often difficult/controversial to attribute deaths in disasters, but this one has been particularly frought. Thus, enters science: studies done in the year since the storm showed death tolls from 4645 (see Harvard study), to 2,975 (George Washington University study). Eventually Governor Rossello accepted the GWU results – showing that even the government looked at the methodology and accepted the findings. Read more at FOX News.  

(As a side note, the delay until August 2018 meant death certificates were marked incorrectly – thus 97% of requests for FEMA funeral assistance were denied because of the incorrect certificates. Wonder if this gets corrected?)

That’s about it for now. Probably more than you bargained for, eh? I’ll be posting another reminder just before the auction ends….bid high! Your help means so much to Puerto Rico!

Sandy

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