MIAMI (CBSMiami) — As victims continue to pick up the pieces following two deadly hurricanes in the tropical Atlantic, the Miami Dolphins’ Kiko Alonso is tackling the challenge of recovery.READ MORE: Jury Enters Fifth Day Of Deliberations In Dayonte Resiles Murder Trial
The Phins’ linebacker is asking for donations to help communities in Miami and Puerto Rico, two places he has called home he wrote on a fundraiser website, YouCaring.com.
“While both cities began to rebuild after Irma, Maria has hit Puerto Rico leaving unmeasurable damage,” he said. “Recovery assistance to Puerto Rico is especially difficult due to it being an island, and the time to start preparing to help the people of Puerto Rico is now. Currently, no one on the island has power from utilities, and the Governor is not entirely sure when this issue will be resolved. The people are living an unimaginable nightmare.”READ MORE: Have You Seen This Woman? Andreae Lloyd Missing After Being Abducted From Homestead Home
Alonso, a west coast athlete whose Cuban father lived in Puerto Rico, pledged the first $25,000 to get the ball rolling for a $150,000 goal. The Miami Dolphins Foundation matched that $25k pledge.
“I have always held the people in my current community of Miami and in the Puerto Rican community near to my heart. With people in both places being left with virtually nothing, I am asking all of you to help me ease their hardship,” Alonso requested.MORE NEWS: NASA Launches Infrared Laser Mission That Could Revolutionize Space Communication
If you’d like to help, visit: YouCaring.com/Kiko