Lopez was named co-chair of a NY state initiative to assist Puerto Rico, which will include public donation centers and government monitoring for potential abuses in aid solicitation.
"My grandmother, who's 94, who's on oxygen, and lives on a remote part of the island, and there's no communication there, and she needs medical assistance", she said.
This is a group of college students from around the United States, with ties to Puerto Rico, who put together a GoFundMe campaign.
The president did not mention Puerto Rico, the US territory devastated by Hurricane Maria. "Me and my cousins have not been able to hear from family down there".
Following weeks of hurricane relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey and then being on alert for Hurricane Irma, the Kentucky National Guard is now fully focused on relief efforts in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria.
The devastation of Hurricane Maria destroyed a year's worth of crops and agriculture in Puerto Rico, leaving the American territory ill equipped to feed itself, the New York Times reports. "Just go to youcaring.com/rickymartin and help us", Martin said in an emotional video. "For those with family in Puerto Rico, it feels helpless knowing we are unable to call our loved ones".
She joined several local politicians and leaders in urging Minnesotans and Minnesota companies to do what they can to help.
"We still need some more help". Authorities said telecommunications throughout the island had also collapsed.
Concilio is also accepting donations for relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico's tourism-based economy is now in serious peril in addition to countless numbers of residents being left without proper shelter or food.
The initiative comes two days after Cuomo visited Puerto Rico with donations that included 34,000 bottles of water and 9,600 ready-to-eat meals.
"The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back almost 20 to 30 years", Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez said.