We're heading into the full swing of the holiday season, and for a lot of us, that means it's officially the giving season. If you're looking for ways to help out someone in need over the holidays, remember that many people in Puerto Rico are still struggling after Hurricane Maria. Though the storm devastated Puerto Rico back in September, the island is still a long ways off from rehabilitating both the island’s economy and quality of life for its citizens. Bloomberg reported on Dec. 13 that Puerto Rico’s power grid will not reach full capacity until May, meaning there will be Puerto Ricans living without electricity nearly eight months following the natural disaster. Moreover, Puerto Rican families and organizations are still calling for essential items such as food, water, shelter, and financial assistance for medical needs.
If you like to donate or participate in charitable causes during the holidays, giving to Puerto Rico is the perfect way to spread seasonal cheer. While the island will surely be as festive as ever during Christmas and Three Kings Day, a holiday commemorating the Biblical journey of the Three Wise Men on Jan. 6. that's popular in Puerto Rico, it's also true that Puerto Ricans will still be feeling the storm's effects. Here are seven ways to help Puerto Rico over the holidays, because the island still needs your support.