Lorain City Councilman Angel Arroyo, Jr. knows what it is to help.
Councilman Arroyo returned from Puerto Rico late Tuesday night from helping to deliver supplies from a collection drive in Lorain in September that filled 6 semi-trucks with donations. Arroyo joined reality TV star Bethany Frankel who put together a humanitarian trip of private planes full of supplies to donate to Puerto Rico.
“All you see is destruction, garbage. But people are still living. This storm hasn’t destroyed them. It’s made this island a stronger place,” said Arroyo. “My highlight of the day in the midst of the storm, they are still singing and dancing in the streets. One thing Maria did was not destroy us, but pull us together. Not just in Lorain but across the country.”
Arroyo is starting a second drive to help Puerto Rico at Church on the North Coast, 4125 Leavitt Rd (Rt. 58), Lorain. Drop off times Tuesday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until October 13. If you can’t make it those times call the church at 440-960-1100. They are willing to work with you to accept donation even on closed days.
Many areas of Puerto Rico haven’t even seen ANY assistance yet. Many more supplies are still needed. Donations include: nonperishable food, water, bleach, batteries, cleaning supplies, feminine products, diapers, wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste and especially medical supplies.
“We can do it again, we already have 2 semi-trucks ready to go full of supplies, let’s make it another 6 to 10 or 12, let’s fill a plane! #ThisIsACrisis, #SupportPuertoRico, #HurricaneMariaRelief. Northeast Ohio we can do it! God bless you and continue to support those in need.”
This is not the first time Councilman Arroyo has helped areas affected by natural disasters. He has helped to collect and deliver supplies to the Houston area in early September and also helped with relief efforts after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
Photos and videos courtesy of Lorain City Councilman Angel Arroyo, Jr.