If you follow me anywhere online, you may recall I spent a few days with Bailey in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was in July, before hurricane season attacked. I reached out to my Airbnb host and asked if he and his family were okay after the first round of storms. At that point, they were unaffected. Sadly I was too scared to reach out and ask after the second round but I did keep them in my thoughts and prayers, knowing even if their property was minimally damaged, surely they have scores of family and friends in need of assistance to get life back to normal.
Well, whilst scrolling social media this weekend, I noticed a friend was a bridesmaid in a wedding. Then I realized it was Puerto Rico. Of course most Americans first thought is, “How much damage is still visible from the hurricanes?” We can watch the news half-a$$ report all day long and watch those folks president throw paper towels to a crowd as if life threatening damage is a joke, but to know people in the area gives you a first hand account through their words and photographs.
The photographs of the ceremony were beautiful! But what was even more beautiful was how this bride and groom brought people together for the common good. They saw a need and offered assistance during a moment in their lives they’ll surely never forget.
I won’t hold it against these gorgeous women that they’re AKAs😉
(I’m a devastating diva reppin’ Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.)
The following statement and photos were posted on my friend’s social media account this morning. It truly started my day off well to see people give of their time and funds in a time they could’ve been relaxing day after day on a beach and making the moment all about themselves. Because that is in fact an outcome of the typical destination wedding. And no one would’ve blamed them if this community service idea never came to fruition, but I’m glad the world gets to see their outpouring of love through acts! This is what makes America great.
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