The island of Puerto Rico has received a major donation from Oprah Winfrey. The philanthropist and media mogul has made a $2 million contribution towards Puerto Rico’s disaster relief efforts. The island is still recovering from two back-to-back hurricanes that hit in 2017.
According to the Huffington Post, Winfrey’s donation was announced on Monday (April 8) by the Hispanic Federation and the Flamboyan Arts Fund. Both were founded last year by Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Tony Award-winning actor and Hamilton creator. Miranda’s parents were born in Puerto Rico and he also visits his grandparents there.
After visiting San Juan last year and attending the production of Hamilton, Oprah Winfrey decided to donate $1 million to each organization for revitalization projects.
“I was so moved by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s commitment to bring ‘Hamilton’ to Puerto Rico and support the community that served him growing up that I wanted to join in the revitalization efforts of an island so rich in culture, beauty, and heritage,” Winfrey said in a statement. “The needs of Puerto Rico and our fellow American citizens following the tragic hurricanes are still very real.”
In the midst of trying to rebuild and restore what was left behind by the 2017 hurricanes, Lin-Manuel also took to Twitter to correct the misinformed President Donald Trump who continuously bashed Puerto Rico for seeking resources to recover from the hurricanes. Trump stated that Puerto Rico received $91 billion for disaster relief while “all of their local politicians do is complain and ask for more money.” Lin-Manuel corrected Trump stating that $91 billion was the estimated damage and that Puerto Rico is still waiting for most of their allocated relief funds.
They super didn’t.
91 Billion was the estimated DAMAGE.
Puerto Rico is still WAITING for most of their allocated relief funds, while our president lies to himself and lies to you. pic.twitter.com/lTK9kTmfJY
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 2, 2019