Miss Dominican Republic 2016 Rosalba "Sal" Abreu García may have to give up on her hopes of becoming the next Miss Universe before she even gets to the competition.

Miss Dominican Republic 2016 Rosalba "Sal" Abreu García may have to give up on her hopes of becoming the next Miss Universe before she even gets to the competition.

The 24-year-old model from the city of Bonao can no longer attend the pageant — because the Dominican government can no longer afford to send her.

The country needs to focus all of their resources on rebuilding the towns that were destroyed by natural disasters in 2016.

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Record rains at the end of 2016 caused horrifying floods — and the damage was truly heartbreaking.

However, although García completely understands the government's situation, she is not going down without a fight.

The model has made a last ditch effort by using social media to crowdsource the $10,000 she needs to make it to the competition on the site Give Forward.

Her page is here.

In the touching message she shared with the campaign, García talked about her humble upbringing and overcoming being bullied as a child for being tall and skinny before ultimately become a successful model.

Even after being crowned Miss Dominican Republic, García was mercilessly bullied once again for her looks by ignorant people who thought she was "too skinny" and wasn't "pretty enough" to stand a chance at the Miss Universe competition.

This public backlash brought her fundraising efforts in the private sector to a halt.

García wrote that she needed the help of the Dominican people to make it to the pageant, and represent Latinas in the way they deserve.

"Please remember that each time one of our representatives participates in the Miss Universe pageant she ceases to be a common citizen and becomes the nation," she wrote.

In the three days since the campaign was launched, García has already raised more than half of what she needs to be able to participate in the pageant.

You can check out her page right here.

We wish her the best of luck, and we hope to see her at the Miss Universe events later in January!

Learn more about Sal — and her campaign — here.