Your AvGeek Giving Tuesday opportunity: Puerto Rico GIFT Lift

In the months since Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico the outpouring of support I’ve seen from the AvGeek community has been incredible. Fueled in large part by small donations from individuals Operation Puerto Rico Care Lift raised more than a quarter million dollars.

That was converted into direct aid to the people in and around Aguadilla, with Spirit Airlines providing transportation of the goods on its planes and Lufthansa Technik‘s MRO at the Aguadilla airport supporting the logistics. The Care Lift efforts wrapped up but there is still much to be done in Puerto Rico which brings us to the next leg of this journey: Operation Puerto Rico Gift Lift.

Our same crew of volunteers is working tirelessly to help ensure that Christmas includes a bit of joy for the children of Puerto Rico. We have Spirit on board with three plane’s worth of cargo capacity (~50,000 pounds of lift!) and a plan to be on the island in person for distribution on December 10th as part of a party to celebrate the people how have pushed through the disaster and bring happiness to the holidays.

And that’s where you come in to play. We’re still looking to fill up those bright yellow sleighs to bring as much as we can to the island. The first plane went in full already but we have two more between now and the 10th and we could use your help in filling them.

The team is once again raising cash through GoFundMe as well as soliciting direct donations of goods through an Wish List. Please do not shop off the list as we’ve picked things we know can be loaded on the planes and safely transported.

And, if you happen to be in the Miami area this weekend there’s another opportunity to help out. The Miami Children’s Museum is running a toy drive in support of Operation PR Gift Lift this Saturday. The first 500 to donate new, unwrapped toys at the museum will receive free admission. Plus a few other special events during the day.

Read More: Why I stayed put: A PRCareLift update

I know many folks have donated already and for that I’m tremendously grateful. Hopefully a few more will be able to chip in over the next couple days.


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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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