More than a week after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico Mayor of San Juan is pleading for more help.
There are signs of recovery, but according to the U.S. Territory’s Governor, more than fifty percent of gas operators are now up and running as well as most hospitals.
But millions are still without electricity, and they are running low on food and water.
With the ongoing crisis more than a thousand miles away, Puerto Ricans in the Mid-South are working to do what they can to help here on the mainland.
While putting their love for Puerto Rico on display, a few dozen people met at Shelby Farms to sort through the logistics, setting up collections for emergency supplies as millions in Puerto Rico struggle in the middle of devastation.
Many put on a strong face while they struggle with not knowing if their family in Puerto Rico is okay. Some who have heard from family, grapple with the reality of knowing the harsh living conditions their loved ones are up against.
Marlon Mercado said he hasn’t heard from his sister on the island in 11 days.
“You see reports they’ve been finding people dead in the city that your sister is. I’m holding it very well because I’m a strong person. The first thing on my mind is help the community. Because it’s not only my sister, it’s 3.5 million people in Puerto Rico,” said Marlon Mercado.
Those who met Saturday are finalizing plans for several collection drives for Sunday October 8 and a family event for October 22. Check back with Local Memphis for details once they are available.
A separate organization organized a collection drive for Saturday October 7.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. they’ll be accepting emergency supplies like bottled water, diapers, and bug repellent at GlaxoSmithKline on President’s Island in Memphis.
The address is at 2149 Harbor Avenue.