Celebrities share awkward childhood photos to support Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria which devastated Puerto Rico in the past week, some of Hollywood's biggest names including Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez and Jimmy Kimmel are banding together by sharing blasts from the past, all in support of aid efforts.

The idea came to fruition on Wednesday's episode The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, after guest star, Parks and Recreation actor Nick Kroll challenged celebrities to post photos of their awkward teen years using the hashtag #PuberMe.

The initiative coincides with the star's new Netflix show Big Mouth, an animated comedy premiering on Netflix this week, about middle-school students going through puberty. The show's host Stephen Colbert vowed to make a donation through his AmeriCone Dream Fund towards the hurricane relief efforts for every celebrity that participates.

"For every celebrity that puts up a puberty picture from when they're 13 and [uses] #PuberMe - and I'll decide what a celebrity is, thank you - I'll give a donation to AmeriCone Dream Ice Cream Fund to Puerto Rico hurricane relief," Colbert explained. Kroll also promised to match the donation made. A treasure trove of throwback photos have begun to roll in from celebrities, and fans of the show alike.

Big Bang Theory's Melissa Rauch??? went back to the '80s, while talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel proves that your facial expressions still remain the same.

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Stand-up comedian and actor Sarah Silverman rocked her nineties tomboy style while Saturday Night Live's Aidy??? Bryant dedicated "this uncomfortable little lady," to the efforts.

this uncomfortable little lady goes out to @nickkroll for #puertoricorelief #puberme

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???Other stars have shown their support through donations and supplies, urging others, including the White House to help with relief efforts. Many people have criticised Trump's handling of the crisis, with Rihanna leading the charge. The singer and designer urged Trump to note "let your people die like this."

Jennifer Lopez donated $US1 million ($1.27 million) to aid victims and is working with NFL's Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Puerto Rican player JJ Barea to get two airplanes of generators and supplies ot the island. Lopez and ex Marc Anthony also joined forces to create a new initiative, Somos Una Voz (We Are One Voice), encouraging people to donate on social media. Celebrities including Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Vin Diesel have all donated through the GoFundMe fundraising page.

???Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to say she would also be donating, "I will be donating to Puerto Rico and help them get the food & water they desperately need. Please donate."

Pitbull has also sent over his private jet to help bring treatment supplies to cancer patients in need of chemotherapy.

Ricky Martin took to Instagram several days ago to reveal he'd had not been contacts by his brother on the island. He created a relief fund with YouCaring and has so far raised over $US427,000 ($544,087). "One dollar that you give us, one dollar that will get to the victims," he said on Instagram.

THANK YOU ALL. #ALLin4PR YOUCARING.COM/RICKYMARTIN LINK IN BIO

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"Puerto Ricans need supplies and resources just as badly as their fellow Americans in Texas and Florida, and this need is magnified by their geographic isolation from the mainland," Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote in a column published by The Hollywood Reporter that urged people to donate to the Hispanic Federation.

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