LAKE WORTH, Fla. (CBS12) — The World Mission Society Church of God held a multi-state disaster relief drive to benefit Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the church said.
From Oct. 3 to Oct. 15, Church of God members in participating locations introduced the disaster relief effort to their workplaces, schools, and even military bases, and their colleagues at more than 300 organizations donated much needed items to benefit families in Puerto Rico.
“This hurricane season has been one of the most devastating seasons in history. Countries have been destroyed and it’s painful to see our neighbors in the Caribbean suffering so much,” said Church of God spokesperson Katyusca Abreu. “In Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria caused tremendous damage to a country that was already going through economic difficulties. We are grateful that Church of God members and their families on the island were unharmed and have instead been helping their neighbors recover from the storm. We also wanted to assist, so we are grateful for our members along the East Coast as well as the organizations that supported this disaster relief drive.”
Members set up collection boxes at nearly 350 locations in 12 states, Washington D.C. and the Dominican Republic, where colleagues were able to drop off items, according to the church. . Some of the workplaces include Booz Allen Hamilton, Cornell University, Gap, Inc., Gold’s Gym, Harlem’s Children Zone, NYC Fire Department, NYC Department of Education, Planet Fitness, Princeton University, Queens College, Rutgers University, Starbucks, SUNY Geneseo, The New York Times, the United Nations, bases of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, YMCA, and YWCA.
In order to deliver the items, members traveled from island to island to personally deliver the donated items to about 300 members of the Church in Aguadilla, Bayamón, Caguas, Carolina, and Ponce, who then distributed them to households in need, the church said.
Some of the items included canned meats, chlorine dioxide water purification tablets, medical supplies, hygiene kits, diapers and batteries.
The church also hosted a luncheon Sunday afternoon, thanking those who participated in the drive. Guests were able to help package more items and write encouraging letters to people in Puerto Rico.
Source: CBS 12
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