After Hurricane Maria, the entire island of Puerto Rico has been dealing with an emergency situation. Most people on the island still have no electricity. Phones and the internet aren’t working. Many don’t have access to food, clean water and medical supplies. In addition, it has taken a while for help to reach Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is an island in the middle of the ocean so it is very hard to drive in supply trucks to help.
However, help is on the way. The US government and other agencies are sending ships and aircrafts full of supplies and help. In addition, many successful Puerto Rican entertainers and sportspersons are chipping in too.
One such heartwarming example is that of NBA star J.J. Barea. Barea, is a point guard for the Dallas Mavericks. He was born in Puerto Rico and his parents still live there. After the Hurricane, he couldn’t get in touch with his parents. He saw the devastation and knew he had to help.
He contacted Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Cuban loaned Barea the team plane to transport food, water and supplies to Puerto Rico. They transported, 4,000 pounds of water, 10,000 pounds of food, 3,000 pounds of medical supplies, diapers, pet food, clothing, cleaning supplies and toilet paper there.
When J.J. Barea landed in San Juan, he couldn’t believe his eyes. He could barely recognize his home. It was in a state of total chaos! His one trip there wasn’t enough. J.J. Barea returned to the USA and is getting ready to send in more supplies and necessities a second time around.
“I was really proud of J.J. and how quickly he got involved and how hard he worked to make all of this happen,” Cuban told ESPN in a text message.
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