Luis Fonsi
"Despacito" singer Luis Fonsi brought together a group of artists and athletes to carry a plane loaded with food for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Photo: Luis Fonsi Instagram

Artists, athletes and celebrities have come together to take donations and visit the island of Puerto Rico, before the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving it without communication and without electricity, renowned figures of art and sports began to donate to the victims. Reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee was among the first to distribute donations of basic necessities, water and food in the Caribbean country.

Likewise, Jennifer Lopez and baseball player Carlos Beltrán donated one million dollars to alleviate the humanitarian crisis of Puerto Rico.

On Monday, October 2, Luis Fonsi, Ricky Martin, Nicky Jam, Chayanne, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, accompanied by a group of athletes and journalists, arrived in the country together in an airplane courtesy of Jet Blue, loaded with provisions for the needy.

"United more than ever for Puerto Rico," wrote Luis Fonsi who also is raising money to rebuild La Perla, the historic neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico, the video location of "Despacito."

From the airstrip they were all greeted by the crowd that was patiently waiting for them. Reporters and other assistants, who fervently waved the flag of Puerto Rico, gathered to get the first glimpse.

Immediately, the team, commanded by Luis Fonsi, began to transfer all the provisions to diverse trucks so that it could be transferred and divided evenly.

In a press conference, Chayanne said that together they are going to help Puerto Rico. "We are with all of you," said the singer. "Maybe you won’t see us again, but you’ll going to be seeing things that are happening because together we're going to do it."

The group arrives at two weeks of the devastating passage of the hurricane Maria. US President Donald Trump has not yet visited the island and was mum about the situation until Marc Anthony called him out for focus on the NFL and not on the devastation left by the storm.

"Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble," Trump wrote. "It's old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities - and doing well."

Obviously Trump's message caused a stir because in the face of the state of despair and hopelessness, Trump threw in a bit of shade and reminded everyone that the island has a massive debt.

Category 4 Maria, left the whole island blacked out and badly damaged. The storm ripped trees out of the ground and caused widespread flooding. "This is total devastation," said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico's governor. "Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will not be the same. ... This is something of historic proportions."

Intense flooding was reported across the territory, particularly in San Juan, the capital, where many residential streets looked like rivers. The authorities warned weary residents not to let down their guard, because flash flooding and mudslides could be more deadly than the initial winds from the storm.

The powerful tropical cyclone made landfall in Puerto Rico with winds of 155 mph, becoming the strongest to hit the territory since the 1928 San Felipe hurricane, as well as the most intense hurricane to hit the territory in recorded history.

As of September 22, the hurricane has caused at least 38 deaths: 15 in Dominica, 3 in Guadeloupe, 3 in Haiti, 15 in Puerto Rico and 2 in Dominican Republic.

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