My name is Evelyn Walker and I am a third-year student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Eight days ago, Puerto Rico, my home, was hit by a category five hurricane, leaving the island and its people completely devastated. It has been an incredibly difficult and emotionally weighted time for all of us. We are desperate to help the island and don’t seem to know how. No one person can solve these issues. No one government can help the island, as we have all witnessed. There is money being raised that won't keep people from dying, that won't get people the help that they need in time. The supplies being collected are being held in inventory throughout the US. By the time normal distribution channels open, it will be too late for the people who needed it the most.
It is time to come together take action. It is time to help the most vulnerable before it is too late. There are infants who need formula, diabetic victims without insulin, and cancer patients in need of immediate evacuations. I have been in contact with doctors and first responders on the ground to get a better sense of what specific items are needed. They communicated a need for portable gasoline containers, D cell and AAA batteries, water, water filters, medicine and medical supplies. Only a few hospitals have been able to remain open including Centro Médico but without air-conditioner and limited diesel, many patients in serious conditions are in peril.
My mission is to fly down on a private charter with 2500 lbs. of aid and then fly back with patients and evacuees. I have a charter plane able to take me down there for a same day round trip. Volunteers are being told not to stay because they will only consume strained supplies. I will be returning with 7-8 evacuees. Patients will be transported to hospitals in Florida.
Puerto Rico needs your help, we need your help. Any donation is appreciated. Please share this link with your contacts. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the specifics of this project feel free to contact me or other organizers: