What can we do as divers to help the Islands and Puerto Rico?

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asked Sep 26, 2017 in Scuba Diving by Cvet (3,369 points)

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answered Sep 28, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
selected Sep 28, 2017 by Cvet
 
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I saw a news segment this morning from Puerto Rico. People standing in line for hours to get fuel for generators and cash from ATM's. One pregnant lady took 2 days to get to a hospital. They have no power, little food and water. They are American citizens, They need our support by donating what we can. They need our prayers. Consider going to Samaritanspurse.org and donating. This is fantastic Christian Organization the is Helping in Jesus' Name. Our area flooded with 20 inches of rain and Samaritans Purse showed up in force and stayed for 2 months working to help people repair and clean their homes. They also provided emotional and spiritual support. They are doing the same in these devastated areas.
commented Sep 28, 2017 by Cvet (3,369 points)
I love your reply God Bless everyone helping.  Sounds like a better group to fund them the Red Cross.
commented Sep 28, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
Thanks for the vote. If you get a chance look at Samaritan's Purse's site. They are a fantastic Organization. I got introduced to them through Operation Christmas Child with our Church. They are in the business of doing God's work helping all people. It is operated by Franklin Graham.(Billy Graham's son)
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answered Sep 27, 2017 by Briss23 (170 points)
Puerto Rico is not the only diving destination that has been hurt by hurricane activity.  The Virgin Islands, Florida Keys, and Turks and Caicos, to name a few, have been hurt as well.  Not all of us have the luxury of dropping what we are doing in our every day life and rushing to help these people.  Although I wish I could.  They need supplies.  If we have the opportunity to help out by sending supplies, that is great.  This year has been a rough year for hurricanes and not everyone can afford to send supplies or make a donation to an organization that is providing assistance to every community that has been affected.  If you can, great!  They all need our help and support.  I think one of the best ways divers can help out is to consider one of these locations for your next dive trip.  Many people in these locations for lost everything.  Their home.  Their job.  Their personal belongings and maybe even loved ones.  The quickest way they will begin to heal is to get back to their "normal" life or as normal as it can get.  Personally, I have been following many dive shops on social media from these areas for updates on how they are doing personally.  How they are coming along on rebuilding.  And how the locals are doing.  Not to mention, how soon they might be reopening.  These communities have lost a lot and the lack of tourism dollars will continue to hurt them.  By choosing to spend our tourism dollars at these locations and going and seeing the devastation personally, maybe even giving them a hug and telling them it's going to be okay, maybe, just maybe, we can help give them a piece of hope and relief that they are strong and will bounce back better than ever.  For a diver's point of view, I want to see those reefs and wrecks.  I want to see what's different and what's changed.  Did the wreck turn.  Is it more upright.  Has the coral been decimated.  I know these may not be the glamorous dives we used to dream about while getting our open water certification, but for me it is interesting.  Every dive site has a story to tell and they will continue to tell it for years to come.
commented Sep 27, 2017 by Cvet (3,369 points)
Excellent answer, a lot of good people have been hurt and your right getting them back to work and maybe a bigger tip. Could make a change and help them. God Bless.
commented Sep 28, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
Great answer.
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