The island of Puerto Rico was battered by Hurricane Maria on Sept. 20, 2017. While residents there, and elsewhere in the Caribbean, dealt with the devastation and destruction the storm left behind, Mexico was dealing with its own natural disaster following a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck that caused widespread damage in and around Mexico City.
In the wake of these disasters, celebrities, including Beyoncé and Stephen Colbert, are stepping up to lend support and help the victims. Here’s what they are doing, as well as what other stars are doing to help.
Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony established Somos Una Voz initiative
After the hurricane hit Puerto Rico, Jennifer Lopez made a public plea via social media for her followers to donate whatever they could to those affected by Maria. The Puerto Rican star also teamed up with her ex-husband Mark Anthony to create an initiative called Somos Una Voz, which means We Are One Voice.
Many other celebrities, including Alex Rodriguez, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Vin Diesel, have donated to the campaign focused on getting medicine, food, and power to those in need.
Ricky Martin created YouCaring fund
Ricky Martin also took to Instagram in the days after Maria unleashed its fury on the U.S. territory to say that he had not yet heard from his family there. The singer then asked anyone who could help to do so by donating to his You Caring relief fund, which he said will go directly to the hurricane victims.
Martin also traveled to the island to see the devastation for himself and be of assistance to anyone in need.
Daddy Yankee donated millions for disaster relief
Daddy Yankee lent a helping hand in a big way by making two donations to disaster relief funds. The hip-hop artist gave $1 million to the American Red Cross and another million to Feed America.
During an interview with CNN, Daddy Yankee said that he and his family still live in Puerto Rico, so he knows and understands what the residents of the island are going through.
Pitbull sends private plane to transport cancer patients off island
Before Maria ripped through the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma did so and ravaged parts of Florida. Pitbull participated in the relief efforts to help out his hometown of Miami and was sure to help out again when Maria hit Puerto Rico. Power was lost in the storm and all means of communication were down, so the rapper sent his private plane to the island to transport cancer patients receiving treatment to the states.
“Thank God we’re blessed to help. Just doing my part,” he told the New York Daily News.
Beyoncé releases ‘Mi Gente’ remix in three languages
Beyoncé certainly did her part as well following the natural disasters. First, the songstress donated to the relief efforts in her native Texas following Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, and then, she went bilingual to help the victims of Hurricanes Irma, Maria, and the earthquake in Mexico.
Bey teamed up with J Balvin and Willy William for the remix of “Mi Gente,” which translates to “my people.” Beyoncé sings in English, Spanish, and French on the track and announced that all of the proceeds from the song will go to help those affected by the tragedies.
Tidal X Brooklyn proceeds will go to recovery efforts
The annual benefit concert courtesy of the streaming service Tidal called Tidal X Brooklyn is scheduled for Oct. 17, and the net proceeds will go to the aid and recovery efforts in the hurricane-ravaged regions.
The show will feature JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled, Daddy Yankee, and Cardi B, to name a few.
Stephen Colbert and Nick Kroll shared awkward childhood photos for relief
It’s not just musicians who have pulled together for the victims. Late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert partnered with comedian Nick Kroll for their awkward picture challenge. The two shared prepubescent photos of themselves via social media with the hashtag #PuberMe. For every star who shares an awkward picture, Colbert will donate money to relief efforts through the AmeriCone Dream Foundation, and Kroll will match it.
So far, a long list of celebrities — including Ryan Seacrest, Kathy Griffin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kristen Bell, Conan O’ Brien, the Backstreet Boys, and Reese Witherspoon — have all shared their adolescent photos for the cause.
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