Jennifer Lopez to donate $1 million to hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

An American flag and Puerto Rican flag fly next to each other in Old San Juan a day after the Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla gave a televised speech regarding the governments $72 billion debt in San Juan Puerto Rico 2015. (Credit Joe R

The 48-year-old's family hails from the Caribbean island and she has been urging her fans to donate to Hurricane Maria relief efforts after the storm decimated Puerto Rico earlier this week (ends24Sep17).

At a press conference on Sunday (Sept. 24), Lopez said that her donation will come from proceeds of her Las Vegas revue, All I Have. She asked Americans to join their effort, saying, "Puerto Ricans are American citizens and today Puerto Rico needs our help".

Hurricane Maria has killed over 20 people in Puerto Rico to date, and followed in the footsteps of Hurricane Irma, which also caused devastation when it swept through the island en route to Florida. It will encourage residents statewide to donate goods and will raise funds from the business community for organizations in Puerto Rico.

The initiative comes two days after Cuomo visited Puerto Rico with donations that included 34,000 bottles of water and 9,600 ready-to-eat meals.

"We are working day and night to identify the needs", she added. "We hope that our contribution will aid immediate and ongoing efforts during this critical time and the long-term recovery for the people of Puerto Rico and Mexico". She and Anthony had both previously posted Instagram videos in Spanish (Anthony) and English (Lopez) asking the public to support Puerto Rican first lady Beatriz Rossello's efforts through unitedforpuertorico.com.

At the press conference, Lopez revealed that she still hadn't heard from her family and shared her concern for her loved ones and "everyone on the island". "I can't deny that the Puerto Rico of now is different from that of a week ago". JLo also said to ExtraTV : "We did one song together".

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