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Oprah donates $2 million to Puerto Rico for disaster relief

Oprah Winfrey is donating $2 million to disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, with half the funds going to an organization founded by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The donations were announced on Monday by the Hispanic Federation and the Flamboyan Arts Fund. Each organization will receive $1 million toward its revitalization efforts in Puerto Rico, which was devastated by back-to-back hurricanes in 2017.

Winfrey mentioned attending Miranda’s production of “Hamilton” on the island earlier this year as inspiration for her donation.

“I was so moved by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s commitment to bring ‘Hamilton’ to Puerto Rico and support the community that served him growing up that I wanted to join in the revitalization efforts of an island so rich in culture, beauty, and heritage,” Winfrey said in a statement.

“The needs of Puerto Rico and our fellow American citizens following the tragic hurricanes are still very real, and the work that has already been done by the Hispanic Federation, Flamboyan Arts Fund and other organizations on and off the island is long from over,” she continued.

Miranda’s parents were born on the island, and the Tony Award-winning performer stood out as a vocal critic of the Trump administration’s response to disaster cleanup efforts on the island last year. He launched the Flamboyan Arts Fund, a Puerto Rico recovery effort with a focus on the arts, in July of 2018.

Winfrey’s donation comes as the island faces residual damages from Hurricane Maria’s landfall and a separate food stamp crisis resulting from Congress’s failure to reauthorize the program.

Thousands of people died when Hurricane Maria struck the island in 2017 and left most of its residents without power or utilities.

Politicians on the island have clashed with President Trump in recent weeks over the need for financial aid to the island.