Puerto Rico native Carlos Beltran pleads for help for his native country.
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Beltran may be preparing for a showdown with the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALCS Friday night, but his thoughts not surprisingly remain on his Hurricane Maria-battered homeland of Puerto Rico.
Beltran believes more “people are going to die” if aid to Puerto Rico isn’t stepped up and continued for the long haul.
Beltran was inspired in part to speak out about the dire humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico due to comments this week made by President Donald Trump, who indicated Thursday in a series of tweets that FEMA and other federal aid workers cannot remain there “forever.”
A majority of residents in Puerto Rico remain without electricity and scores lack basic necessities such as food, water and shelter. Beltran laments that things will only get worse without increased and consistent aid.
“If they want Puerto Rico to disappear, then Puerto Rico is going to disappear, people are going to die,” Beltran said after a Thursday workout at Minute Maid Park. “What’s going to happen? I think … I don’t think it’s going to happen for sure, because the country doesn’t have anything. There’s no power there no water, the infrastructure is down. If we don’t get the help from the United States, I don’t know what else to tell you is going to happen.”
Beltran previously assisted in raising aid for those impacted in the Houston area in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. He’s doing the same now for Puerto Rico, donating $1 million on his own while pleading with others to step forward.
“Puerto Rico is in a tough situation, everyone knows, the news. I have friends, family over there and things are not getting better,” Beltran said. “I am using the platform that God has given me to bring help to the people, create the fund and donate a million dollars. In a few days from now we’re sending about 20 containers with water and food. We already sent about five planes to Puerto Rico. I am doing my part. I know it benefits some people, but it’s not enough. We need more help.”