Fear and Uncertainty in Puerto Rico

The Mercy Chefs team is on the ground in Puerto Rico! We arrived this weekend and are traveling into the mountains today to begin assessing which families need power the most. We’ll visit people who are likely never to have power again. Our primary focus is on widows, single mothers, the sick and elderly hurricane victims. A little light in the darkness can mean a great deal, and that’s what Mercy Chefs is in Puerto Rico trying to do.

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The kids called me "Santa without a beard"

The Mercy Chefs team visited a shelter in Santa Lucía, Guatemala, yesterday to deliver medicine, children's clothing and other basic necessities to victims of last week's Volcán de Fuego eruption. We also brought bubbles and Frisbees® for the children there. I wish you could have seen their faces light up! So much joy!

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On the ground in Guatemala

Mercy Chefs is on the ground in Guatemala. We've begun partnering with two shelters in Santa Lucía being run by a coalition of pastors with help from the local government. Today and tomorrow, we will continue visiting shelters to determine how we can best help victims of last week's deadly eruption of Volcán de Fuego.

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We are deploying to Guatemala

Mercy Chefs is deploying to Guatemala. In the aftermath of the devastating Volcán de Fuego eruption that buried homes in volcanic ash and killed approximately 200 people this week, we're sending a team to the Central American nation on Saturday.

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Suicide rate spikes in Puerto Rico

During Mercy Chef founder Gary LeBlanc's previous trip to Puerto Rico, he shared about a number of residents on the island who were experiencing intense fear, anxiety and depression from the darkness caused by nearly eight months without power. The inability to simply turn on a light was — and still is — affecting them in a very real way.

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Puerto Rico Breakthough... But We Need Your Help!

Approximately 20 percent of residents in Puerto Rico STILL don't have electricity. An estimated 10 percent of those people probably won't get power back — EVER. Even those areas with electricity can experience routine outages up to three times a week.

Month after month after month of darkness has raised anxiety and stress levels on the island. For many people, the ongoing darkness has led to fear — fear that could be eased, if they simply had the ability to turn on a light! But we have a plan to help!

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Island-Wide Blackout!

I'm reaching out today with urgent news about the latest power outage in Puerto Rico. A contractor toppled a pole onto the main electric line, knocking out power to the entire island. The entire island! Officials estimate it will take 24 to 36 hours to turn back on what's left of Puerto Rico's electrical grid.

What's happening on the island is just tragic. Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans have been without power since Hurricane Maria devastated the island on September 20, 2017. That was almost seven months ago. And now, this happens!

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My report from Puerto Rico

I want you to see what happened during my recent trip to Puerto Rico, especially how God used the generosity of friends like you to bless this beloved woman who had been without power for months.

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