Some of Puerto Rico’s biggest names in entertainment joined forces to deliver relief to the island that was left devastated by Hurricane Maria. Luis Fonsi, Ricky Martin, Nicky Jam and Chayanne traveled to the US territory on Monday, October 2, on board a Jet Blue flight as part of a special program set up by the Despacito singer that will transport goods to the victims living on the island.
Luis took to Instagram to share a photo of himself on the jetliner, which was named "100x35 JetBlue" after the island’s measurements. Attached to a group picture of himself with his fellow musicians, the 39-year-old wrote, "United more than ever by Puerto Rico. There we go ... #UnidosPorPuertoRico 🇵🇷❤️@ricky_martin @chayanne @nickyjampr."
VIEW GALLERY Luis partnered with Jet Blue for special flights that will deliver goods to and from Puerto Rico in the upcoming weeks Photo: Instagram/@luisfonsi
Ricky, Nicky Jam and Chayanne shared the same image on their respective Instagram accounts. Also on board the flight were basketball stars Ray Allen and Carlos Arroyo, in addition to TV personality Rashel Diaz and former Yankees star Jorge Posada. Cuban music legends Gloria and Emilo Estefan also took the flight and shared a special video with fans while en route.
“Hello my beautiful people from Puerto Rico,” Gloria said. “We are going to be with you to give you a hug person by person.” Monday’s stop is the first in a series of continuous weekly trips the jetliner will make to and from Puerto Rico, delivering essential needs, including food and medicine, to aid those who are reeling from the aftermath of the hurricane.
Discussing his relief operation with #Legend magazine Luis admitted, "This hits home for me and I’m trying my best to use all the connections and resources we have to try and help as best we can. When I say 'we,' I mean all the artists from Puerto Rico and beyond who have resources and influence that can help the island and those living there."
The Puerto Rican singer also opened up about the strength of his hometown and the importance of rebuilding. He said, "On one hand, it’s hard to see this and know what my friends and family are going through right now. On the other hand, it’s so inspiring to see how everyone is joining hands to figure this out and how they can play a part in the recovery efforts.”
VIEW GALLERY Celebrities joined the Despacito singer on board the flight to Puerto Rico Photo: Instagram/@carroyopr
Luis continued, “It is even more true watching people who aren’t necessarily from the island send supplies and planes and money. It’s great. I know this will take a long time to fully recover, but it’s going to make us stronger, even though it’s a painful process. I know that Puerto Rico will bounce back. I have no doubt about that.”