Mercer Island has never seen so many boricuas

Connection is the silver lining of all tragedy. Prior to Hurricane María devastating my home, I had never met a single Puerto Rican in Seattle. In the past 3 weeks I've met dozens (maybe even hundreds?!) living in this wet little corner of the world. Yesterday a bunch of us gathered at the Mercer Island Beach club for a Rise Up PR event where we raised more than $10,000 for the San Jorge Children's Foundation. It was a glorious fall day, like the Caribbean sun decided to bless us with its presence. (For those who live in this part of the world, you know the weather starts turning gray and rainy around this time.)

Two lovely (and happy!) customers with a stunning Mt. Rainier as a backdrop.

Two lovely (and happy!) customers with a stunning Mt. Rainier as a backdrop.

My mom and I set up a a table with my bags and had such a blast chatting with all the people who came from all over Seattle to support Puerto Rico. My heart was filled with so much love and gratitude.

Love all my babies. So hard to pick a favorite!

Love all my babies. So hard to pick a favorite!

Thank you all who came! Besos!