SHHM Guest Priscilla Oliveras Issues a Call for Help

Giving to Those in Need

When Limecello invited me to join her blog for Hispanic Heritage Month, I jumped at the chance to share my thoughts on a variety of topics related to life as a Latina. But after spending the past few weeks preparing for and dealing with hurricanes Irma and Maria, the focus for many Latino families has rightfully moved from cultural celebrations to how we can help our families, friends, and, for those living in the areas affected, themselves in the aftermath of the storms’ devastation.

From the destruction of homes and businesses to the decimation of agricultural land, my mother’s native island of Puerto Rico and people who live there have suffered great loss.

There is much work to do. Rebuilding will take time and resources. So, as Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, my hope is to take this opportunity to share information for a variety of entities that are working hard to bring aid and assistance to those in need.

Maybe you’ve already donated in some manner. If so, your generosity is much appreciated. But if you’re seeking a way to help make a positive difference, perhaps one of these organizations is the right one for you.

Know that there are women, men, and children, young and old alike, who are thankful for your kindness.

Hispanic Federation
55 Exchange Place, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico
P.O. Box 191914
San Juan, PR 00919
Tel: 787-728-8500

Caritas Puerto Rico
201 Calle San Jorge
Esquina Baldorioty de Castro
San Juan, PR 00910-0812
PO Box 8812
787-300-4950

Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico
1719 Ave. Ponce de León
San Juan, PR 00909-1905
787-721-1037

Hurricane Maria Children’s Relief Fund
Save the Children
501 Kings Highway East, Suite 4000
Fairfield, CT 06825
PR fund 
Save the Children Mexico fund

Maria & Irma: Puerto Rico Real-time Recovery Fund
ConPRmetidos
1511 Ave. Ponce de León Suite K, La Ciudadela
San Juan, PR 00909
787-773-1100

For more information about donating to help with relief efforts for the earthquake victims in Mexico, here’s a NY Times article that recommends several entities and provides a few tips on questions to ask before donating to any group.

I’m also happy to share the link for the #RomanceCares giveaway. The brainchild of romance authors Rachel Lacey and Mia Sosa, #RomanceCares has 30 romance authors teaming up to give away free books to those who donate to disaster relief in the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands. Click on the links above for Mia and Rachel’s blogs that provide more details.

Whatever you give or however you help, muchísimas gracias! My family—both my immediate family and my Latino family as a whole—is grateful for your generosity.

Priscilla Oliveras is a Kensington Publishing author & four-time Golden Heart® finalist who writes contemporary romance with a Latino flavor. Proud of her Puerto Rican-Mexican heritage, she strives to bring authenticity to her novels by sharing her Latino-American culture with readers. Since earning an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, she serves as English adjunct faculty at her local college and teaches an on-line course titled “Romance Writing” for ed2go. Priscilla is a sports fan, a beach lover, a half-marathon runner and a consummate traveler who often practices the art of napping in her backyard hammock. To follow along on her fun-filled and hectic life, visit her on the web, on Facebook or on Twitter via @prisoliveras

 

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