The past two weeks have been a shit show. Hurricane Irma engulfed the Florida Keys and Miami, a huge earthquake hit Mexico, and Category 4 Hurricane Maria smashed through Puerto Rico. These disasters have left hundreds of thousands of people without power, clean water, food, or shelter. Almost all communication in Puerto Rico is out, and cell service is still patchy in the Keys, leaving families worried about their loved ones in a time of need. So the brave people of South Florida have united to give relief to those in need by way of fundraising parties, supply gatherings, and benefit concerts.
Here are a few ways you can support relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the earthquake in Mexico:
1. Rock You Like a Hurricane: Benefit for Puerto Rico at Churchill's Pub. If Hurricane Irma’s winds didn’t rock you, Churchill’s benefit concert sure will. The local bar will turn its usual Thursday-night hang-out spot into a night of rock 'n' roll and donations. For a fee of $10 or five items from a donation list, you can enjoy live music from Monterrey, Taxi, Lucy Vega, Holy Dances, and others. All donations will be delivered through the Hispanic Federation to support both Hurricane Irma and Maria victims. 8 p.m. Thursday, October 5, at Churchill's Pub 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspubs.com. Donation fee is $10.
2. Hip Hop 4 the People With Zoey Dollaz. Hip Hop 4, a disaster relief foundation founded in 2010 by YoNasDa LoneWolf, is giving back this weekend via events nationwide. On September 30, the group’s Miami hub founded by Malik Allah will host a concert with Zoey Dollaz headlining, along with local talent to raise money in efforts to support Florida and the Caribbean islands. Hip Hop 4’s Miami concert is apart of a national effort throughout 12 cities to give 100 percent of the donations to those in need. The event also allows vendors, whose fees will be added to the donation pool for relief. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, September 30, at Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Ter., Miami; 305-960-2969; littlehaiticulturalcenter.com.
3. The Social Hive for Hurricane Irma and Mexico Earthquake Disaster Relief. The Social Hive is a new creative agency founded by the owners of Rich Music, a Miami-based label and home of Justin Quiles and Dalex. Though they only just celebrated their grand opening, they didn’t hesitate to jump into the community in its time of need. They will help victims of the recent earthquake in Mexico and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico through a supply drive at their main office. They are looking for volunteers and items to be donated from their online supply list; the items will be delivered directly to those in need. If you’re not in Miami, the group also has an Amazon wish list that anyone can fulfill. 2 p.m. Sunday, October 1, at Social Hive, 2048 NW Miami Ct., Miami.
4. Gramps Lower Keys Cleanup. Your friendly Wynwood bar not only offers drink specials and fresh pizza but also hurricane cleanup services. Gramps is gathering volunteers to head to the Keys to help clean up after Hurricane Irma. The team will spend three days cleaning the lower Keys and Homestead at Bridge to Hope. Its mission is to support local businesses. Bring tools, chainsaws, shovels, garbage bags, work gloves, drills, screws, saws, rope, chains, plywood, two-by-fours, and other supplies. The initial gathering will be at 6 a.m. Wednesday, September 27, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami.
5. A+E District's Taco Tuesday Throwdown. Your usual Taco Tuesday plans could involve giving back to Mexico. Miami’s A+E District is pairing its Taco Tuesday Throwdown October 3 with relief for Mexican earthquake victims. Local vendors such as Bodega, Beach Taco, and Doggy Style will compete for the best taco, while Miami's favorite electropop duo, Afrobeta, will provide live music. Admission is free, but organizers kindly ask for donations to Fondo Unido México. 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 3, at Canvas, 90 NE 17th St., Miami. Admission is free with RSVP at eventbrite.com.
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