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This is the last call for anyone in town who has a little extra cash and wants to get supplies to Puerto Rico.
We're talking emergency emergency supplies, we collected a ton of great things like diapers and health products but unfortunately we are still in crisis mode. I just got off the phone with one of the farmers I work with and she said they had to evacuate the hospital they were at because it flooded out. Storms are still happening and nothing has been repaired. And infections are spreading like crazy.
So I'm talking real emergency supplies.
Medical masks, headlamps, water tabs, latex/work gloves, antibiotics, asthma medicine, hand sanitizer/sanitizing wipes for open wounds, I am actually bringing a lot of this straight to a hospital because even they don't have anything.
I will be posting photos and videos from there because @alexmatzke and @drjayski got me the gift of satellite internet to get the story out and to literally connect people, and even hospitals, with eachother.
LOOK at how many water filters we got (the blue/white piles). I am incredibly thankful.
People have been incredibly generous. If you are not able to give more, I ask one thing: share.
We need attention on this. I will be looking for people who have not been able to contact family stateside, hopefully we can get their status known to their families outside the island, and even around the island.
I will be posting a lot. So share those videos. Tell your friends to share those videos. It is vital that the stories get out.
My flight leaves tomorrow morning. I will come pick up any emergency supplies you have to offer.
Thank you. Day 27. #PuertoRicoIsDying
I leave for Puerto Rico on Tuesday. If you want to truly get people water, I will be stuffing my bag with these. If you have Amazon Prime and order tonight it will be here by Monday. I just bought 10. Just search Life straw.
Puerto Rico is Dying.
Quite honestly. The death toll is in the hundreds. People are burying family members in their backyards. Infections are spreading because of the contaminated water. Hospitals aren't able to function beyond their diesel reserves. My abuelo has the flu.
The jungle is gone. There was once a rain forest and when I ask people about it they say it's gone. Not destroyed. Gone.
It is still storming. Landslides are happening even more and blocking roads over and over. Many people whose homes did survive are missing roofs. The once-jungles look like mud piles.
The infrastructure will require years to rebuild, and it's taken almost a month to start.
Today is day 23. 23 days without water, without power, without communication. Roughly 10 percent of the island has power. Only half have water. People drive to and park on the highways to get a signal. There is still a curfew.
There are two major policies contributing heavily to this. 1, the Jones Act. A law that raises the price of everything delivered to the island by 15-50%, and heavily regulates who can help. The President gave this a 10 day waiver that expired on Sunday.
And 2, the Mutual Aid Agreement, which would allow external parties to come in and fix the electrical grid. When Texas did this for Harvey it took 10 days to repair it, however the governor of Puerto Rico has yet to sign. Because he doesn't care about the people.
It is no longer time for what you can give, it's what you can do. Please call your representatives and talk about this. Please tell your people about this. Please repost this.
I am flying this flag on Broad street. I call all of Virginias representatives, senators, and the governor daily. We need anyone with any kind of power to go to sleep thinking about Puerto Rico. We need to make sure Puerto Rico does not leave the news cycle. People are dying. #PuertoRicoIsDying
461. Finally (mostly) caught up on #PanForPR orders!! If you haven't received yours yet you will get it in the next two days or so. So now I'm taking new orders!
For everyone who bought a starter too so they can start making their own 🍞🍞🍞:
The starter is already a month old, you have to keep it alive by feeding it, but it's ready to make #sourdough bread, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, whatever you want.
The bread recipe I've been working with is: 1 cup starter, just under 1 cup warm water, 2 cups flour (1 cup whole wheat, 1 cup all purpose), and 1 tablespoon of salt. That's it. That's all that's in this loaf.
Mix it up, then knead it for 10 minutes. This develops the gluten so that it can hold i the air bubbles produced by the yeast as the bread ferments.
Let it rest for 30 minutes. Then 'shape it' which means just rolling it up so it inflates well. You basically stretch out the dough left to right into a line about a foot long, then fold into itself in thirds, like a pamphlet, stretch it a little front to back and roll it up onto itself. The pinch all the seams and it makes this little ball of soft beautiful dough.
Then you just put a clean dish towel in a big bowl, line it with flour, and let the dough rest overnight (8-12 hours). Flip it out of the bowl and bake!
You can bake straight onto a pan but a Dutch oven or some time of pot that can go in the overnight gives it a beautiful even crust.
I might try to make a video that explains but I also am gonna be holding a workshop soon!! In the spirit of making bread ($$) for Puerto Rico, this would be a free workshop where people come and learn how to make bread, spending two hours of their Sunday learning to knead and shape the dough, they leave with this knowledge and skill set and their very own starter to be able to go home and confidently make their own loafs, and the bread that is made is then baked and sold to raise money for PR. And of course you'll be eating some of the fresh baked bread too! The hope is to spread the knowledge while also spreading the love. All the funds still go to the link in my bio.
Anyone in Richmond down??
460. Last night I fed 100 people off of $6.50. #Tortillas translates directly to "little cakes." This is a Spanish name given to the foods native people were making, so they basically saw this unfamiliar food and said "they look like little cakes." That's a far cry from those paper thin, plastic tasting corn tortillas you get at the store. So I had to show the world.
This is no 'authentic,' whatever that means, but rather my own version for making a shit ton of very easy, very cheap, very filling food. And being that this was the last thing I was physically able to share with the farmers in Puerto Rico, it seemed fitting to share at the Puerto Rico benefit.
For everyone who asked how to make them: 🌽⬇️
I often make them out of cornmeal (the whole corn kernel ground up), but last night's version was 50/50 cornmeal and maseca (ground up corn, with the hull and germ removed. Essentially the all purpose flour equivalent of corn, cornmeal being the whole wheat option). This mix is sweeter and more palatable for people, but the hull of cornmeal gives it that buttery cooked popcorn flavor. Most tortillas nowadays are made with just maseca though.
To the corn, you mix in boiling water (hydrates it better), enough until you have a dough that sticks together but not to your finger.
Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.
The tortilla press is just a ziplock bag, cut on two sides so it opens up like a book, and a plate with a deep footing.
Roll up a little golf ball of dough (masa) and use the plate to press between the plastic bag.
It makes a perfectly little circle, and then you just cook it up with a little oil.
Top it with whatever you like, but last night I gave them simply with coarse salt and fresh squeezed lime. The combo really activates the corn flavor and lets people appreciate the essence of the tortilla, rather than just view it as a vessel to shove as much food as possible in our mouth.
And they were a hitttttttt. 100 for $6.50 total. (Also anyone who was there can you please DM me photos from last night!!!!!)
THANK YOU to everyone that came out, contributed, told a friend, posted about it, gave some art, brought some supplies ate some food and opened their hearts for Puerto Rico.
Over 300 people showed up and over $1,450 was gifted by some beautiful people to some beautiful people. Plus, all this amazing supplies. Thank you. ❤️
The Anderson will be taking supplies donations all month, I will be taking financial donations as well, and I'm going to also continue making #PanForPR all month. Thank you again. I love you all. ❤️😭❤️😭❤️🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷
Que Bonita Bandera. We're here for you, Puerto Rico. Hope to see you all tomorrow at the Richmond Potluck + Puerto Rico benefit. Bring food, art, supplies donations, and ya dancing shoes. Tomorrow at 5pm!! 🇵🇷❤️🇵🇷❤️ (all the $$ goes to the link in my bio)
Last night's updates from friends on the west coast of Puerto Rico. "The mayor says they'll try to get light in a week." "Damn. Where do you get water?" "The rain."
Thank you to everyone that has contributed or supported so far. Please continue to. I will continue to work. It's all I can do.
#PanForPR I have this (absurd I'm sure) belief that good food can heal the world. So I'm working on tomato soup for @carsonparris to get over some sickness and I'm baking bread all day every day to sell and raise funds for my people in Puerto Rico. Sourdough loaves, hand made, with just flour, water, and salt. No better way than hustling health to Make Bread for those in need. I'll be doing this all October. $6 a loaf and for $10 I'll give you your own starter so you can make your own.
I feel so helpless in this tragedy, help me make a little bread for my people. Gonna try to bake daily, hit me up for orders. All money goes to YouCaring.com/LaBridgada. I got Venmo too. #PanForPR #PanForPR