It's official: Jennifer Lopez, 48, is a literal angel. The stunning singer stood alongside Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 59, of New York on Sept. 24 to plead with her fellow Americans to help the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. But she didn't stop there — the triple threat offered up $1 million of her own money to help the cause.
"I am proud to be here to join Gov. Cuomo and all New Yorkers to support the people of Puerto Rico," said Jennifer at the press conference, looking lovely in a blush pink turtleneck. "We are working with [Mavericks owner] Mark Cuban and [Mavericks player] Jose Barea, and we have two team planes filled with supplies and generators awaiting air clearance to depart, land, and unload these much need supplies in San Juan. And I will be donating $1 million from the proceeds of my Las Vegas show."
Jennifer reminded fans that Puerto Ricans are American citizens, and now is not the time to turn our backs on them. "Hurricane Maria has devastated our island," she continued. "This is the strongest hurricane to strike Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years and the consequences have been disastrous." While she and Cuomo are "working day and night to identify the needs" of the victims, they asked those who can to donate goods and money so they can provide healthcare to injured people.
Jennifer's boyfriend is also doing everything he can to help. "Alex Rodriguez and I, who are both New Yorkers, are using all our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports, and business to garner support for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean." This isn't the first time the couple has sent more than just love to the victims of a hurricane. They also each donated $25,000 to Texas to rebuild after Harvey.
The cause is very personal to Jennifer, who was raised in the Bronx by Puerto Rican parents. In an Instagram video on Sept. 22 she tearfully revealed that some members of her family that still live on the island haven't been in touch. "The devastation is beyond belief, me and my cousins still haven't been able to hear from our families over there," she explained. At the press conference on Sept. 24, she admitted that that hasn't yet changed, and she's very "concerned" about them. If you would like to help, you can donate to the United for Puerto Rico cause.
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