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"UNIDOS POR PUERTO RICO": Monica Puig & Maria Sharapova

Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig brought her friend Maria Sharapova on a trip back to her homeland of Puerto Rico to aid relief efforts from last month's devastating hurricanes and help bring much needed supplies the victims.

Puig set up a fundraising page in the aftermath of the storm, which has so far generated almost $150,000.

Sharapova "fell in love" with the island and its people after playing an exhibition match against Puig in San Juan last December. The Russian devotes all profits from sales of her candy Sugarpova towards the relief effort.

Puig and Sharapova handed out supplies, including 1000 solar powered light/radio units, 1250 gas stoves, 3000 propane cylinders to power the stoves, and medicine for San Jorge’s Children’s Hospital. Additionally, 200 cell phones were donated locally by ATT, Puig’s sponsor, as well as pre-packed bags of groceries provided by the Red Cross and the Ricky Martin Foundation.