Newly Mother & Purple Heart VET - Needs HELP to Build HOME

For: Aurita Maldonaldo
Puerto Rico
Organizer: Ozzy Ramos
Newly Mother & Purple Heart VET - Needs HELP to Build HOME  (Aurita Maldonaldo)
of $43,000 goal
27% Complete
Raised by 174 donors

The Story

A CALL FOR ACTION:   This "Pay it Forward" Housing Campaign" has been initiated to help this Veteran HERO

4/11/18 - UPDATE: Aurita recently gave birth to Baby David on April 8th, 2018 - (4lbs - 15oz). Although he arrived 7 weeks earlier than expected, he is doing fine and will remain in the hospital until discharged sometime during May, 2018.   

BACKGROUND: A by chance and divine encounter with (former U. S. ARMY Staff Sergeant - Veteran) Aurita MALDONADO and a group of Good Samaritans took place at the Panaderia Viequense on January 8th, 2018 located on the island of Vieques, PR. While Aurita waited patiently to fill her craving for an Eclair “Long John” donut, the group discovered that she is a COMBAT Purple Heart & Disabled Veteran that was injured by a 200 lbs. IED blast while on patrol during her tour in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on October 6th, 2009.  

The group of Samaritans were already on the island in search of veterans needing assistance, began a conversation with her, and discovered that Aurita was totally displaced by the wrath of Hurricane Maria. At the time, she was 4 months pregnant with no immediate access to care. At the time, she was temporarily living with a family member and working outdoors doing lawn maintenance work with her husband in order to make ends meet. With Aurita’s permission, the Samaritans conducted a video interview of her story with a promise to share it on social media in hopes of gaining public attention to her story.     

As a result, the video was launched via the Facebook and YouTube platforms as a story for people to embrace. Many people have already gravitated towards her video resulting in over 15K views to date. Shortly after, another Samaritan descended who helped facilitate some of the great initiatives listed below and who also took the lead of her case. Since then, several other Samaritans have also joined her cause and contributed to these efforts . 

- A move for her and family to temporary quarters. (Now extended through June 22nd, 2018).   

- A purchase of a new generator for power.  

- A new cell phone for communication.  

- Flights to/from the island of Vieques, PR onto the mainland to attend her scheduled and prenatal care VA appointments.  

- The delivery of fresh foods, fruits, vegetables through a food voucher.   

- A surprise delivery of a newly donated washing machine.  

- The delivery of new garden tools equipment for lawn work. 

- An online baby shower.  

- A visit from State Senator Eric Correa  

- A site visit to select (2) 40ft containers that will be converted to a place that she'll soon call HOME. (Now delayed due to the LACK of Adequate FUNDING and the PURPOSE of this Pay it Forward Housing Campaign initiative).  

- Land has been clear and leveled. 1st Phase foundation work is currently underway.  

CURRENT (UPDATED) SITUATION: Aurita was recently made aware that her container home conversion initiative lacked the proper funding needed to move forward with her project. This has been an unfortunate and unforeseen dilemma that completely blindsided her and her ability to work this on her own. Her initial thoughts and understanding was that the source of funding was already reserved and secured for her home. She immediately contacted the original group of Samaritans that initially published her story for help and they sprung into action by launching this official YouCaring fundraising page on behalf of her dire situation. The unanticipated early arrival of the birth of Baby David has now thrust this dilemma into a high priority level need as their temporary housing occupancy will EXPIRE on until June 22, 2018. WE NEED YOUR HELP!     

FUNDING NEEDED:  A total of $43K has been estimated in order to secure ALL phases of this housing project for Aurita and her family. 

BUSINESS PARTNERS AND SPONSOR SUPPORT ENCOURAGED:  Seeking Individual people, businesses, institutions, organizations, sponsors or any interested parties that will like to COLLABORATE or PARTNER up with us in making a difference with IMPACT! for this American HERO.

She put her life on the line for our country, now is time to PAY IT FORWARD back to her by supporting this cause. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Aurita’s initial video) (Aurita’s Facebook Page) (Online Story on Aurita) (Jenny Jordan’s Interview) (Walmart Baby Registry) (Aurita's Deployment Playlist)


JOIN THE CAMPAIGN AND STEP FORWARD: The most self-sacrificing and genuine act of your GIVING also possesses the power to transform her life. Our Journey of a Thousand Miles MUST Begin with a Single STEP! Please consider becoming an AMBASSADOR and ADVOCATE for Aurita by donating to this effort and then SHARING her story. We thank you in advance. #SupportAuritaMaldonado #ChangeforaChange   

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 22, 2018


Posted on May 22, 2018

This #miraclechild...There are no words. I know I risk boring some of you with my single topic posts.... #myson #myson❤️ #myson💙 #mysoniseverything  But...he IS everything. We received a package yesterday from my super creative housemother, Julie Mladenoff, with a bunch of super cool CUSTOM little cute things with his name SEWN on them. I love my #miltfamily #babydavidalexis #thewildone #ilovehim

Posted on April 29, 2018


Posted on April 29, 2018

My angel, #babydavidalexis was born at 32 weeks 6 days weighing 4lbs 15oz...and already 18 inches long. He lost 5oz the first 2 days in #NICU...that's normal. 4lbs itty bitty...but so strong. He was discharged on Monday afternoon after 15 days in NICU at a solid, healthy 5lbs. By his first pediatrician appointment on Thursday, however....
He was 5lbs 5oz!!!! He gained 5 ounces with us in 3 days!!! I love this little man. With that, we are back home in Vieques in anticipation of our home construction.  #preemielove #myson❤️ #hesgrowing #ilovehim #momentslikethese

Posted on April 21, 2018


Posted on April 21, 2018

This moment. There has never been a moment in my life that has come close to #thismoment  . Not my first moments awake after my life was saved, not my first  steps after paralysis, not anything. This is the absolute definition of #beauty He nuzzled in and grabbed my finger before falling asleep... #babydavidalexis is everything. #woundedveteran #ratlungwormsurvivor #newmother #preemielove #ilovehim View and visit Walmart Registry for Baby David at:

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