Rappers, volunteers come together at Javits Center to aid Puerto Rico

Saturday, September 30, 2017
WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- With the situation becoming more desperate in Puerto Rico, and after President Trump's tweets on Saturday, volunteers seem even more motivated to pitch in. Now, they even got some star power.

"I've been here since 9:00 this morning, and I'm going to continue as long as they need me. I'm going to be here," said Audrey Dejesus.

For Dejesus this is personal. The Bronx resident is from Puerto Rico and her family is still stuck on the island.

From diapers to canned foods, from rice to flashlights to bottled water - they are coming in by the truckload at the Jacob Javits Center. What they're really sending to the devastated island is love - and that feeling is contagious.

"Overwhelmed with love, that's really what it is," says volunteer Jackie Jaramillo. "All you get is goosebumps all the time. Whenever a new car comes full, that's it - nothing but clapping. Everyone is excited."

The Javits Center is one of 19 drop-off sites across the state. Launched by Jay-Z's Tidal, and with the help of Governor Cuomo's office, the goal is to send 200,000 pounds of donations on a cargo plane.

Rapper Remy Ma is among those who are pitching in.

"I'm definitely a Bronx native so I have plenty of family members and friends that have family in Puerto Rico, that come from Puerto Rico, and it's bad. It's really bad," says Ma.

However, President Trump's tweets are on the minds of everyone lending a helping hand. Rapper Stylez-P says while he'd like to focus on those in need, he says unfortunately there are two fights now that have to be fought.

"You have a president who is mad at NFL players because they took a knee to the flag, but he is not helping people that are dying in Puerto Rico that are citizens," he says.

As for when all of these goods will get down to Puerto Rico? That cargo plane lifts off Saturday.
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