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Bay Area groups rush to send relief to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona

The Puerto Rican flag
J. Stephen Conn
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The Puerto Rican flag

Maria Acevedo Campbell, the president of the Puerto Rican Civic Club of San Jose California, says the needs of the people in Puerto Rico are urgent.

"They don’t need help a month from now, they need it now.

As Bay Area organizations rush aid to Puerto Rico, the situation on the ground is desperate, as residents are dealing with the mass flooding that has hit the island. Many in the Bay Area have lost communication with loved ones or have family members reaching out expressing needs and concerns.

The Puerto Rican Civic Club of San Jose has raised enough funds to buy five generators today from Walmart.

Campbell says her group is having an immediate impact.

“We have just made it possible for a non-profit in Puerto Rico that has been working with Cabo Rojo, where there are two elderly patients that are in an emergency situation and we were able to provide those generators a few minutes ago.” 

As much as Puerto Rico continues to struggle without electricity, donations of solar powered items are being accepted. You can visit their website www.puertoricancivicclub.org for exact details of donations and items needed.

Daniela is a passionate first-generation Latinx poet, videographer, educator, and audio enthusiast. Daniela graduated from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she received her Associate's degree in Sound Design for Visual Media. Storytelling and audio have been a haven for Daniela, as they bring her closer to her ancestry. She hopes to share that with the world, whether that is through sound, video, music, or writing. Most importantly, she is passionate about highlighting underrepresented voices and bringing those voices to light. Catch her teaching audio to folks and kids throughout the Bay Area, and learning about audio engineering, or reading in her free time!