Updated Sept. 28, 2017, 6:10 a.m. PT: Thankfully, Jennifer Lopez’s family in Puerto Rico have been found. After six days of uncertainty in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Lopez took to Instagram to confirm the happy news. “After a long 6 days we found the last of the family! Now the rebuilding begins!!,” Lopez captioned a photo of her relatives on Instagram, using hashtags like “#tiotomás,” “#titiadela,” “#familia,” “#puertorico,” “#unidosporpuertorico” and “#LOVE” to identify her aunt and uncle and celebrate their safety.
Lopez has been one of the most vocal celebrities speaking up about the need to rehabilitate and send aid to the devastated island of Puerto Rico. Earlier this week, news broke that Lopez donated $1 million to relief efforts for Puerto Rico. She, along with celebs like the rapper Pitbull, Broadway performer Lin-Manuel Miranda and her boyfriend, baseball player Alex Rodriguez, have been nobly using their visibility for good. That said, it’s also very fortunate that her family has been found and is, as it appears from the photo, out of harm’s way.
Updated Sept. 25, 2017, 11:30 a.m. PT: With her family still missing in Puerto Rico, Jennifer Lopez joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Sunday to announce that she’s donating $1 million to relief efforts for the island.
During the press conference, Lopez said she’s concerned both for her family and everyone else on the island. Puerto Rico was one of many Caribbean islands devastated by hurricanes in recent weeks.
Cuomo tweeted thanking Lopez for her support and linked to New York’s fundraising effort for aid for Puerto Rico.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 24, 2017
We just hope that Lopez’s missing family turns out to be OK.
The Caribbean has been battered by one hurricane after another in recent weeks. And with the death toll from Hurricane Maria’s pass through Puerto Rico still rising, Jennifer Lopez just revealed that she still hasn’t heard from her family members who live in Maria’s path.
Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico two days ago. In a heartfelt Instagram video, Lopez explained that she hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the island since the tragedy began.
“What’s on my mind is Puerto Rico,” she said. “The devastation is beyond belief. Me and my cousins still haven’t been able to hear from our families over there.”
But Lopez is somehow managing to stay productive during what has to be a cripplingly terrifying situation. Where most of us would be panicking, she’s calmly urging her followers to donate to hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and on other islands that have been hard hit by hurricanes this summer.
“What’s foremost on my mind and many others’ is trying to figure out the best way to help,” she said. “The island has been hit by two of the most devastating hurricanes we have ever seen, Irma and Maria. Today, Puerto Rico needs our help.”
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Lopez was born in the United States, but her parents are from Puerto Rico, and much of her family still lives on the island. Lopez has also been active in helping other communities ravaged by hurricanes — she and her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez, each donated $25,000 to relief efforts in Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey caused devastating flooding there.