DAVIE—Hurricane season is brutal, even when the storm doesn’t hit this state. As they swirl through the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, many people in South Florida have friends and relatives in the affected countries.
Kiko Alonso is one of them. His father, Carlos, is Cuban and grew up in Puerto Rico, which was pounded by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday night. An estimated 3.4 million people on the island are out of power.
Most of Alonso’s extended family on his dad’s side still lives in Puerto Rico, and he plans to initiate a fundraising push.
“Just seeing the pictures of what happened is devastating,” he said after today’s practice. “My heart goes out to them. I’m trying to get something done to raise some money. Obviously they’ve got all kinds of issues, so that should be up and running soon.
“Just about all of them are there: my cousins, aunts, uncle. They’re all over there. I still haven’t talked to them yet; but it sounds like they’re okay.”
Alonso still has deep roots there and traveled there to run a football camp just outside of San Juan in April.
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