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Lost Fans Can Help Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief and Indulge Their Geekery Thanks to Javier Grillo-Marxuach


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Sadly, while the U.S. Government is aiding Puerto Rico after the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, it’s been doing so much too slowly, and with far too much bigotry. Average citizens, lay organizations, and celebrity efforts have had to fill in a lot of gaps in order to get Puerto Rico the aid it needs, and will continue to need as it addresses this humanitarian crisis.

Jennifer Lopez, in addition to donating $1 million to Puerto Rico relief efforts, has teamed up with Marc Anthony to, according to CNN, create an initiative called “Somos Una Voz, or We Are One Voice, that combines the clout of more than 30 figures from across sports and entertainment in the name of helping hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.” Those figures include celebrity Puerto Ricans like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pitbull, Vin Diesel, Jimmy Smits, John Leguizamo, Ricky Martin, Alex Rodriguez.

Even animated shows like The Simpsons are taking the crisis more seriously than our government. As reported by Vanity Fair, last night’s episode ended with the above still image of the entire cast holding the Puerto Rican flag, pausing the laughs in solidarity with their fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, and alerting us to ways in which we can help.

Now, former Lost and current The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance writer, Javier Grillo-Marxuach is another Puerto Rican leading an effort to raise money for the island where he was born. He’s auctioning off rare Lost memorabilia in an effort to raise funds for local organizations in Puerto Rico that are going directly to relief efforts on the ground.

He says in his post:

Four generations of my family have served in Rotary Clubs, both in the United States and Puerto Rico, the organization’s integrity and track record are impeccable.
The La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club is committed to ensuring that every cent raised in this auction goes to helping hurricane victims in Puerto Rico through their volunteer network!”

Among the super-rare swag he’s auctioning off, with the help of contributions from Jo Garfein, founder of Cancer Gets LOST, are:

  • The the actual, screen-worn jacket worn by François Chau in the original Dharma Initiative orientation film from the episode “Orientation,” which was written by Grillo-Marxuach and Craig Wright.
  • a set of LOST BLU-RAY/DVDs: the ultimate collection with over 32 hours of bonus material – signed by Damon Lindelof!
  • a set of new-in-bags LOST minifigs featuring Jack, Kate, Sayid, Sawyer, Hurley, Locke, and Charlie
  • and a LOST yearbook given by the showrunners to the cast and crew as a farewell gift. Grillo-Marxuach explains that “this is an item that has never been made available to the general public and features page after page of never-published candids of the cast and crew! seriously, even if you have read everything there is to know about LOST, there is stuff in this book you have NEVER SEEN!”

To bid on these awesome items, and to help a cause that’s going to continually need your help in the months to come, click on the post above.

Somos unidos.

(image: Fox)

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Teresa Jusino
Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.

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