Theodore Roosevelt once said “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” that is something we wholeheartedly believe in as well, so after seeing our fellow citizens in crisis, we booked a ticket and went shopping to Walmart.
What happened next, is not something we were expecting! American Airlines told us, we can take a total of 6 Luggage’s of 50lbs each ( 300lbs total ) for FREE … That alone saved us few hundred dollars easy ( allowing us to buy more Emergency Relief items for People of Puerto Rico ) … The time came to reach out to someone who could help us, we were traveling on behalf of www.ActofGoodwill.org ( a federally approved nonprofit that helps people in crisis ).
Since we are Muslim, we were told to link with some Muslim nonprofit in PR helping people, unfortunately, all those we contacted either did not follow up or those that did; stopped responding to us when seeking final confirmation … We were quiet worried, but fortunately, a friend connected us to a local church in Puerto Rico that not only responded to us promptly but took care of us like family when we were there 🙂
Eleanor Roosevelt said “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” and this becomes a reality when we are told by American Airlines we will be given FREE FIRST CLASS SEATS while flying to Puerto Rico 🙂 Thanks to their kind gesture, we flew 2+ hours from JFK-CLT and almost 3 hours from CLT-SJU in First Class … This was all thanks to Samia’s passion to go and personally help the people of Puerto Rico and where there is a will, there is a way! We were just truly blessed that American Airlines did such a nice gesture for us!!!