In the midst of a tragic humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, Christian Pulisic and a young fan teamed up to raise money for those affected by the disaster.
For those who aren’t aware, Puerto Rico is an island and US Territory in the Caribbean with 3.4 million inhabitants. A couple weeks ago it was hit by Hurricane Maria, a category 5 hurricane that did unimaginable damage to the island’s infrastructure and has left thousands out of people in dire need of help. Many on the island are left without power, water, food, shelter, and basic medical supplies.
In response to this disaster, a young 7-year old fan named Alex decided to donate his signed Christian Pulisic jersey to a raffle, in which all the proceeds went to charities benefiting Puerto Rico. The raffle raised $3,283.87 for Hispanic Foundation: UNIDOS Disaster Relief in the U.S. territory.
We will be raffling off a special item at our Oct. 6th viewing party donated by our Jr. capo, Alex. All proceeds benefit Puerto Rico relief! pic.twitter.com/Wedb1lhGJ5— AO Oakland (@AOOakland) September 27, 2017
This came to the attention of Christian Pulisic, who decided to send Alex another signed jersey; his jersey from the USMNT’s 4-0 victory against Panama. He also made a his own donation to the cause.
It’s a class-act move that undoubtedly helps a lot of people who desperately need help. Alex should be proud of his initiative and selflessness.
I would also take the time to advocate, to anybody who can afford it: if you have a few dollars to spare, send some Puerto Rico’s way. There are lots of charities that are doing a lot of good work towards bringing Puerto Ricans the aid they need, and every dollar helps.