Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico more than six weeks ago, and since then, the island has been struggling to meet the basic needs of its people. Luckily, chefs and celebrities are lending a hand (unlike the POTUS... ), but a few major retailers are also extending extra efforts to help families whose worlds were turned upside down by the devastation.

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Homegoods — which are operated under the parent company TJX — are still paying their employees in Puerto Rico, even though many stores are not currently open there.

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The Massachusetts-based company owns 29 stores on the island, though it's unknown exactly how many are open at the moment.

This Facebook post from a Puerto Rican resident has gone viral:

In the post, written in Spanish, Iván Meléndez expresses his deepest gratitude for the stores' choice to continue paying employees. He explains his son works at a Marshalls there and continues to receive paychecks despite being unable to work.

“We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances," a TJX spokesperson said.

“Based on the devastating situation in Puerto Rico, we can confirm that we have continued to pay our TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Associates on the island." 

No reports show just how many employees that means or how long the payments will continue for.

Other big-name companies such as Facebook and Google have vowed to restore the island's connectivity and Wi-Fi capabilities, but TJX's efforts directly contribute to providing employees with the money necessary to get basic goods.

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Since the hurricane hit, thousand have been left without food, water, and access to proper sanitation.

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The official death toll remains at 55, though San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín says the actual toll is likely more than 10 times that amount.