Bethenny Frankel of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise is on the ground in Puerto Rico, and has brought thousands of dollars in supplies and gift cards for the victims of Hurricane Maria.
Frankel posted a video of herself boarding an early morning flight to the island on Monday. “I am headed to Puerto Rico, and we have a plane filled with food and supplies and medical supplies and hygiene and cash cards and money, and we are working for you Puerto Rico,” she said, adding that she has chartered four planes so far to bring supplies to the island and bring patients in need back to the United States mainland.
In another post, Frankel said “we will return these planes full of PR cancer patients, diabetics and people that are dying.”
See Bethenny Frankel's social posts about her work in Puerto Rico:
Bethenny Frankel charters planes to fly supplies to Puerto Rico
Bethenny Frankel charters planes to fly supplies to Puerto Rico
#workingforyoupuertorico We got a 4th plane headed to PR and working on a 5th! I'm bringing $25k in Costco gift cards, $25k in cash gift cards and approximately 15k lbs of food, water and medical supplies. With the planes return we will be able to transport PR citizens stateside to get medical attention. #Bstrong #100percent #thisisacrisis
Too many planes to count!!!
Thank you for your continued support #BStrong #100percent #thisisacrisis
To Donate: www.bstrongdeliveringgood.org/BStrong
"We have life" - Gloria Cruz. Donate to help rebuild for the victims of disaster at http://www.bstrongdeliveringgood.org/bstrong/#workingforpuertorico #BStrong #100percent #thisisacrisis
Here we are at our headquarters organizing and loading the truck for the planes heading to PR from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and NYC. 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.
#alwayswithbdb #PR911 #100percent #globalempowermentmission
People are starving, without proper medication and living in mud and debris. Babies are being washed in the streets. People grabbing at the trucks for anything they can find to help their families. These people need your help. Please donate at http://www.bstrongdeliveringgood.org/bstrong/ #100percent #BStrong #thisiscrisis
#SOSfoodandwater #PR911 This sign is in the interior of PR where no relief is getting to. This is where we are sending cargo planes and helis #BStrong #100percent #thisisacrisis
We are still working for you Puerto Rico #BStrong #100percent #thisisacrisis Please Donate at: www.bstrongdeliveringgood.org/BStrong
This is Manati #BStrong #Thisisacrisis #100percent http://www.bstrongdeliveringgood.org/BStrong
Please look at this person's home. They're living here right now with a diabetic family member and no water to clean away the mud. #100percent #BStrong Donate at: http://www.bstrongdeliveringgood.org/bstrong/
#BStrong #100percent #operationPR911 @globalempowermentmission
Please donate to help the citizens of PR at www.bstrongdeliveringgood.org/bstrong
Back at it #WorkingForPuertoRico #BStrong #100percent #thisisacrisis #wedobetter
We were able to visit an elderly home that had not received help until we arrived. The water they had was in trash buckets and smelled like bleach. Two elderly folks had been rushed to the hospital due to dehydration. Some couldn't walk out of their small apartments to collect items. When we knocked on their door for delivery they broke down crying, thanking us and blessing us for showing up. #100percent #thisisacrisis #PR911 #workingforPuertoRico Donate at www.bstrongdeliveringgood.org/BStrong
We were able to impact over 900 families in Loiza, PR who either lost their homes or their roof. #PR911 #thisisacrisis #100percent #workingforpuertorico Donate at www.bstrongdeliveringgood.org/BStrong
Using this warehouse to transport mils of lbs of supplies to PR/USVI. You can help by donating at www.bstrongdeliveringgood.org/BStrong #100percent #workingforpuertorico #Bstrong #thisisacrisis
Reunited for a great cause. Thanks @theellenshow and @generalmills for your support! #BStrong #100percent #PR911 Tune in today at 3PM EST to get the DL. Donate at www.bstrongdeliveringgood.org/BStrong
Frankel has been posting pictures of the devastation since her arrival. “Is this normal to anyone in the world?” she asks in one Instagram video of rubble strewn across the streets. She said that despite the devastation, however, “positivity was vibrating around the island.”
“This is a forgotten island. People have been living on their roofs for 13 days,” Frankel told People. “It is like nothing I have ever seen. People’s entire homes and cars are immersed in mud, the likes I’ve never seen.”
Frankel joins other celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Luis Fonzi who are helping with the devastation in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria has left much of the island without power, and many people without food or shelter. More than half of the island’s 3.5 million residents remain without potable water, CNN reports. The Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Tuesday that 16 people have died in the wake of the storm.
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Television personality Bethenny Frankel attends the grand opening of Beauty & Essex at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on May 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
YONKERS, NY - MAY 07: Bethenny Frankel visits Kentucky Derby Day at Empire City Casino on May 7, 2016 in Yonkers, New York. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Bethenny Frankel launches 'B Real with Bethenny' on Andy Cohen's exclusive SiriusXM channel Radio Andy at SiriusXM Studio on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 05: Bethenny Frankel visits 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on April 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Bethenny Frankel attends the Hollywood Reporter's 2016 35 Most Powerful People in Media at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- Season 2 -- Pictured: Bethenny Frankel (Photo by Andrew Eccles/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 14: Bethenny Frankel is seen walking in SoHo on January 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: TV Personality Bethenny Frankel is seen at Skinnygirl station at the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring KitchenAid® culinary demonstrations presented by MasterCard during the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE at Pier 94 on October 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jill Zarin, Ramona Singer, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, LuAnn de Lesseps, Alex McCord, Bethenny Frankel -- Bravo (Photo by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ramona Singer, Jill Zarin, Lu-Ann DeLesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Alex McCord (Photo by Jay Sullivan/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- Season 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Luann De Lesseps, Jill Zarin, Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Bensimon, Ramona Singer, Alex McCord (Photo by Andrew Eccles/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 11: (L-R) SVP of Programming, Bravo, Andy Cohen, reality T.V. stars Kelly Killoren Bensimon, LuAnn de Lesseps, Jill Zarin, President, Women and Lifestyle Networks, NBC Universal, Lauren Zalaznick, general manager, Bravo, Frances Berwick, and reality T.V. stars Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer, and Alex McCord, attend 'The Real Housewives of New York City' season 2 premiere party at Gilt at the Palace Hotel on February 11, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- 'The Real Housewives of New York City reunion show' -- Pictured: (l-r) Sonja Morgan, Alex McCrod, Ramona Singer, Bethenny Frankel (Photo by Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- 'The Real Housewives of New York City reunion show' -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex McCord, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Bethenny Frankel, LuAnn de Lesseps, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Jill Zarin (center) Andy Cohen (Photo by Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Bethenny Frankel -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Bethenny Frankel is seen on March 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 19: Bethenny Frankel is seen on March 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: Bethenny Frankel hosts a Valentine's Day show on "bethenny" at CBS Broadcast Center February 12, 2014 in New York City. The show will air February 14. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for "bethenny")
NEW YORK - JANUARY 21: Bethenny Frankel (R) hosts Dr. Travis Stork (L) and Kandi Burruss (not pictured), Renee Graziano (not pictured), Alicia Quarles (not pictured) at CBS Broadcast Center January 21, 2014 in New York City. The show will air January 22. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for "bethenny")
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: Bethenny Frankel and Bryn Hoppy are seen in Tribeca on January 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Bethenny Frankel is seen in Soho on September 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Bethenny Frankel is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' 9/23/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Television personality Bethenny Frankel is seen on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by XPX/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Television personality Bethenny Frankel leaves the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
RIDGEWOOD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 23: Bethenny Frankel promotes her children's book 'Cookie Meet Peanut' at Bookends Bookstore on September 23, 2014 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Bethenny Frankel sighting on September 17, 2014 in New York City.
(Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
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See below for pictures of Puerto Rico from Frankel’s perspective. She is encouraging others to donate to her organization B Strong to help charter more planes and gather more supplies.