On September 6th, Hurricane Irma devastated the islands of St. Thomas and St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Two weeks later, Hurricane Maria arrived to deliver a second blow to the USVI and ravaged the US territory of Puerto Rico. Soprano Laura Strickling, a resident of St. Thomas, evacuated by boat to Puerto Rico five days after Hurricane Irma and escaped to the US mainland ahead of Hurricane Maria. She brings her friends together to present a song recital to benefit the recovery efforts, and to help the citizens of America's paradise.
The Jewish Community Center of Puerto Rico has been actively helping their fellow citizens of Puerto Rico in essential, tangible ways, including distributing thousands of pounds food and thousands of gallons of water, providing tarps for missing roofs, housing visiting medical professionals and aiding in their mission of providing free medical services, and providing and installing water purfication devices.