Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Memphis for Puerto Rico collects donations for Hurricane Maria victims

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Andrew Cummings | 10 October, 2017, 00:39

With Puerto Rico being left with a humanitarian crisis after sitting through Category 5 Hurricane Maria's path for over thirty hours, hosting this week's Global Café meant more for the PRSA than sharing a taste of the vibrant island.

Six 24-foot box trucks were packed with donated supplies during the "Blessings for Puerto Rico" drive Sunday.

"Everything is brought here or there or wherever it's at, separate it and then we take it to my husband's warehouse", said organizer Joy Papilla Anderson. Once the aid arrives on the island, Alicea said they are working with a local organization to distribute the supplies.

Harrity also stated that almost 500 public schools were damaged as a result of Hurricane Maria. The government hopes to have the power back on for a quarter of the island within a month, and for the entire territory of 3.4 million people by March.

"I'm very fortunate, we are all very fortunate, and down there, there are so many things they need help with", said 7th grader Caitlyn Rogers.

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The donations were shipped to Tampa Friday before being flown to Puerto Rico Monday. Eli Lilly makes the active ingredient for its diabetes medicines on the island.

Hurricane Maria didn't cause major damage to the roughly 80 medicine and device factories but many have needed cleanup and some repairs, according to several companies contacted by The Associated Press.

"I'm sorry if I get emotional", Lopez-Flohr said.

SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall says the state's higher education system has a responsibility to help those students whose ability to get an education was put at risk by the storms. The governor of Puerto Rico liked the response and the mayors of towns around San Juan applauded the response.

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