Celeb Inspires Oprah to Send $2M to Puerto Rico

'The needs of Puerto Rico … are still very real'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2019 8:42 AM CDT
Puerto Rico Has a New Friend in Oprah
Oprah Winfrey speaks during an event to announce new Apple products in Cupertino, Calif., on March 25, 2019.   (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Lin-Manuel Miranda didn't just raise $15 million for artists in bringing Hamilton to Puerto Rico. He also inspired a friend. Oprah Winfrey has donated $2 million to relief efforts in the US territory hit hard by Hurricane Maria in September 2017, reports Entertainment Tonight. "I was so moved by Lin-Manuel Miranda's commitment … that I wanted to join in the revitalization efforts," Winfrey says in a statement, per People. "The needs of Puerto Rico … are still very real" and the work of support groups "is long from over," she adds. Half of her donation will go to Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program to Support Puerto Rico, while the other $1 million will go to the Flamboyan Arts Fund. (President Trump thinks the US has sent Puerto Rico enough already.)

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