Xaymara Morales has lived and worked in the north country for 18 years. As a native of Puerto Rico, the last week was been tough for her as she watched the destruction from Hurricane Maria and waited to hear if family was safe.
“Perry Plummer is going to announce the plan (Wednesday), to get what people are collecting down to Puerto Rico”, D’Allesandro said. “We’re going to do our part, and I think every state needs to do their part”, he said.
“It’s not a political thing”, she said.
Donations can be dropped off starting Thursday.
Now she’s trying to do anything she can to help and organized a supply drive in Kenner and Chalmette.
“It was an honor to always represent my family, my island, and my people; and now that I am in the position to give back, I am proud to be one of the ambassadors of the Players Trust that will personally deliver water, food, and supplies to those most in need”, stated Alicea.
“We’re asking people to bring batteries, flashlights, ’cause obviously they are in the dark”, said Morales.
The shipment of food, water, generators, and supplies is expected to leave Tampa, Florida today, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, and arrive in Isla Grande, San Juan, Puerto Rico for same-day distribution to municipalities identified as areas of crisis, shelters, and other location (s).
“They already started on pulling together warehousing. And I’m pretty sure the north country will”, said Velez.
“My family is there and we know that we just need to do this as a way to show them that they’re not alone and that we’re with them”, he said.
The Hispanic Center in Reading will host a community meeting on Friday from 2 until 4 p.m.at the center at 501 Washington Street. There’s a lot of family that I still don’t know how they are.
They also need space on planes and cargo containers on ships to move these items to the island.
Around the same time as the Mexico quake, Hurricane Maria struck the island of Puerto Rico, resulting in widespread destruction and power outages.
Donations can also be dropped off at Velez’s restaurant, Pan de Vida Cafe in Evans Mills.