Bethenny Frankel has turned her reality TV fame into a very real force for good. Last year, the Real Housewives of New York star started a charity called B Strong, which aims to help women in crisis, and this year, in partnership with Delivering Good, she expanded that mission to include individuals and families suffering through disasters, such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Putting her money where her mouth is, Frankel chartered four private planes, loaded them up with supplies and food, and flew down to Puerto Rico.
Keeping fans updated via Instagram and Twitter, Frankel shared snaps of her team loading up the planes and explained exactly what they planned to do when they landed. “Here we are at our headquarters organizing and loading the truck for the planes heading to PR from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and NYC,” she wrote on one post. “Filling 3 planes with supplies, suitcases full of cash cards, pediatric supplies, insulin, hygiene products, medics, non perishable food, Rescue Warrior nurses, EMTs, combat medics. We will return these planes full of PR cancer patients, diabetics, and people that are dying. Please donate to bstrongdelivergood.org to help me with these efforts.”
In another post before take-off, she said she was bringing “$25k in Costco gift cards, $25k in cash gift cards, and approximately 15k lbs of food, water, and medical supplies.”
Once she landed, she posted again. In one caption, she said that people were “lining up in droves” to get supplies, and that she and her B Strong team were the “first relief efforts they have seen since #HurricaneMaria hit a week and a half ago!”
Over on her Twitter account, Frankel has been communicating with people to help them find family members and giving updates to those worried since the island’s infrastructure was decimated by the storm.
She is also sharing photos of what Puerto Rico looks like today. Some of the images are devastating — but that’s the point, as she indicated with her use of the hashtag “#THISISACRISIS.”
“People lost everything they have ever known, family members included,” she shared in a separate post. “Yet positivity was vibrating around the island.”
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