AceShowbiz - Jennifer Lopez hasn't heard from her family in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria rocked the island and its surrounding areas. Backstage at her Las Vegas residency show at Planet Hollywood, the singer who was born in Bronx to Puerto Rican parents rallied to raise funds for relief efforts to help victims and families affected by the natural disaster.
"What's on my mind is what's going on in Puerto Rico. The devastation is beyond belief," J.Lo said in an Instagram video. "Me and my cousin still haven't been able to hear from our families over there." Only one relative, a cousin who was hospitalized prior to the hurricane, had been able to make contact with the singer and her cousin/assistant Tiana.
"What's foremost on my mind and many others is trying to figure out the best way to help," she went on. "The island has been hit by two of the most devastating hurricanes we have ever seen, Irma and Maria. Today, Puerto Rico needs our help. I urge you to support and donate to the efforts of the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Areizaga. Together we can help rebuild our island, and the Caribbean."
J.Lo's boyfriend Alex Rodriguez wrote on his own Instagram in the wake of the hurricane, "My thoughts and prayers go out to our neighbors in Mexico, Mexico City and my NeV Mexico team and their families. #PrayforMexico." Her ex-husband Marc Anthony also pleaded, "Please help us spread the word to help our fellow brothers and sisters in need. #UnitedforPuertoRico."
Another Puerto Rican star Ricky Martin also called on fans and fellow celebrities alike for donations, "I need your help. Puerto Rico needs you at the moment. Just go to youcaring.com/rickymartin and help us. Donate whatever you can, just one dollar would make a difference. If everyone would give me a dollar, my goodness. Puerto Rico is in a precarious position at the moment. We can't do it alone. We need you."
Daddy Yankee took action as well. He collected donations at his concerts and shared on his social media pictures and videos of volunteers gathering supplies to be sent to Puerto Rico in the wake of the natural disaster. "#NYC thank you! We don't stop . Let's rebuild #PuertoRico!" he captioned one of the clips. "To the local heroes! And the community ! #Chicago we need you tonight!"
Fellow Latina star Salma Hayek is also doing her part to help the relief efforts. She donated $100,000 and urged others to follow her lead. "I have lived through the aftermath of a disaster of this magnitude and it's horrific," she said in a video message. "I am starting a Crowdrise to try to raise money to help families who are going through this nightmare right now in Mexico."
The people of my country have now suffered three natural disasters in a row. Many children and families are hurt and in terrible need. I'm contributing $100,000 now to UNICEF which has teams on the ground responding. Please join me and contribute what you can and thank you. Click on the link in my bio above. #fuerzamexico #earthquake #sismo #mexico
Shawn Mendes was in Mexico City when the earthquake happened. "After seeing the impact of the damage firsthand in Mexico, I wanted to find any way I could to raise funds," the "Treat You Better" hitmaker said. He made a $100,000 donation to Red Cross.
He recalled the moment the earthquake occured, "The whole building was shaking pretty severely, but we were fortunate to be somewhere that was structurally sound enough to withstand it. At first I didn't know what was happening, and then pretty quickly, after about 30 seconds, I clued in that it was an earthquake."
"Shortly after that we heard sirens and the emergency evacuation announcements from the hotel, and were able to make it down to the street safely," he continued. "There were just so many people out on the streets trying to stay safe and that had been evacuated from buildings, and as we were walking saw quite a few buildings that had collapsed facades, windows shattering on the streets. I want to come back as soon as possible. It is an incredible city and the people there are so strong and resilient."