Tidal stepping up in a big way when it comes to helping the people of Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria last week.
Most of the 3.4 million people who live on the Caribbean island and U.S. territory have been without electricity and thousands have been rendered homeless due to the storm. Residents are also in dire need of drinking water, food and fuel. Cell service is scarce and hospitals struggle to operate.
“Tidal, in partnership with [New York] Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort, has announced the start of the TIDAL X: Puerto Rico initiative with the charter of a cargo plane that will bring much needed supplies to aid in the recovery and relief in Puerto Rico,” the company, which is partially owned by Jay-Z, said in a statement Thursday. “Leaving on Friday, October 7th, this first plane will carry 200,000 pounds of batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water and feminine hygiene products.”
The statement said the groups are “calling on the global community to help with the humanitarian crisis affecting Puerto Rico” and revealed 19 locations in New York where people can drop off unopened supplies.
In addition, monetary donations can be made at TIDAL.com/PuertoRico.
“My heart goes out to every single individual that has suffered as a result of this hurricane,” said rapper Fat Joe. “Watching from the sidelines has been heartbreaking – let’s fill that plane and help our brothers and sisters! Even the smallest contribution will go a long way.”
Other celebs have also donated large sums of money to hurricane relief efforts and helped raise awareness for the issues. Pitbull even lent a private plane to transfer cancer patients from Puerto Rico to the United States.