Shit’s just cooky these days, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that The Real Housewives are conducting disaster relief efforts better than Donald Trump. The Countess Luann de Lesseps went down to Florida with the Red Cross to help with Hurricane Irma recovery. Even before Trump was bitching about a blown budget and tossing off-brand paper towels like footballs to the crowd during his hurricane relief photo op check-in in Puerto Rico, Bethenny Frankel was there to show a ho how relief is done.
We could write many things about Bethenny, and believe me: we have! But there’s something that warms even the dark vacuum where my heart should be located and that’s seeing Bethenny convince a bunch of rich assholes into skipping Montauk for the weekend and making a beeline down to Puerto Rico to help people in need. People says that one week after she went to help victims of the Mexico earthquake, Bethenny booked it to Puerto Rico and got some help from friends in high-dollar places.
#workingforyoupuertorico We got a 4th plane headed to PR and working on a 5th! I'm bringing $25k in Costco gift cards, $25k in cash gift cards and approximately 15k lbs of food, water and medical supplies. With the planes return we will be able to transport PR citizens stateside to get medical attention. #Bstrong #100percent #thisisacrisis
She’s recovering from skin cancer removal surgery and still huffed it down there while the Donald tries to get all his disaster and tragedy face time wrapped up in time for his 5PM Friday tee time. She says it’s going to be a tough battle:
“This is a forgotten island. People have been living on their roofs for 13 days. It is like nothing I have ever seen. People’s entire homes and cars are immersed in mud, the likes I’ve never seen.”
Bethenny chartered four planes to head down with supplies from south Florida and New Jersey. Upon arrival, Bethenny led the charge to donate 20,000 pounds of medical and survival supplies, 2,000 pounds of non-perishable meals, $25,000 in gift cards and cash, and $30,000 in Costco gift cards (so many hot dogs!). There’s a “I wonder how much of that had the Skinnygirl logo on it?” joke in there, but I’ll abstain for now. Bethenny got the haul through her own donations as well as from rich friends like Andy Cohen, Donny Deutsch, Elvis Duran, and from money donated to her B Strong charity.
She said she learned in Mexico that it’s best to give the donations directly to the people instead of to the government, so she’s taking to the streets with her charitable donations, often beating out local leaders as well as the president to the scene. I always knew the day would come when Real Housewives took over the world, so it’s high time we make the next step: ditch Nikki Haley and make Jill and Ginger Zarin UN Ambassador!