Through a local resident of Los Altos, join our congregation in sending financial aid directly to the people of Puerto Rico. Their home church in Catano, Puerto Rico, Iglesia Luterana Divino Salvador, is distributing the aid to local residents. To see a presentation on their recent mission trip to Puerto Rico, come to the fellowship hall on Sunday, February 11th at 11:15 a.m.
Hurricane Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica and Puerto Rico. As of November 20, 2017 at least 547 people were killed by the hurricane. Dozens of others were missing. The death toll in Puerto Rico is believed to be far higher than the official toll of 58, with estimates of the actual loss of life ranging from 500 to more than 1,000.
Originating from a tropical wave, Maria became a tropical storm on September 16, 2017 east of the Lesser Antilles. Highly favorable environmental conditions allowed the storm to undergo intensification as it approached the island arc. The hurricane reached Category 5 strength on September 18 just before making landfall on Dominica, weakening to a high-end Category 4 hurricane by the time it struck Puerto Rico. Interaction with land further weakened the hurricane, though it regained some strength as it moved northeast of The Bahamas.
Maria wrought catastrophic damage to the entirety of Dominica, which suffered an island-wide communication blackout. Much of the housing stock and infrastructure were left beyond repair, while the island’s lush vegetation had been practically eradicated.
Puerto Rico suffered massive damage, including destruction of its previously damaged electrical grid. For months in Maria’s wake, most of the island’s population has suffered from flooding and lack of resources, compounded by the slow relief process. As of January 2018, much of Puerto Rico is still without power. Total losses from the hurricane are estimated at upwards of $91.61 billion (2017 USD), mostly in Puerto Rico.
For more information about how you can help, please contact the church office: (650) 948-3012, email@example.com. You can also mail a check to the church office with an indication in the memo line of “Puerto Rico Aid”. You will be sent an immediate acknowledgement of receipt, followed by a deduction letter for tax purposes in January 2019.