The Plan for Puerto Rico
The devastation caused to Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph wind, is widespread and shocking. On September 20, the entire island was directly hit by this hurricane and no one was left unimpacted. The people of Puerto Rico are crying out. We, as Jesus’ church, have a unique opportunity to respond.
Sabrina and Pedro are part of Vintage Church Downtown, and are from Puerto Rico, only moving to Raleigh in January 2017. They’ve been in contact with their family, which means we as a church have a direct line to the community of Piñones, who is in great need. What an incredible opportunity in such a devastating time.
Here’s a video where Sabrina describes the situation and the plan:
Sabrina spoke with Maricruz Rivera Clemente, Director of Corporación Piñones Se Integra (COPI), a community-based non-profit organization serving the community of Piñones. Maricruz plans to set up a community kitchen at the COPI center where people will be able to receive daily hot meals served by volunteers or distribute meals to those who are unable to leave their homes, until electricity is restored to the area. The COPI center is not currently equipped to prepare enough food to feed a neighborhood so they are in need of large gas stoves, diesel fuel, and pots and pans large enough to prepare massive amounts of food.
Here’s where we come in, Vintage Church. Sabrina is leading a team of compassionate North Carolinians together to personally deliver these much-needed items directly to the COPI Center. Once we have a secure and reliable address, and a guarantee that our supplies will go directly to the COPI Center, we will start sending these resources by mail. Any funds received will go toward extra baggage fees for supplies, purchasing gas and gas canisters so that volunteers will be able to get around the island once we arrive, as well as other needs that arise.
After Sabrina’s team helps establish the community kitchen, they will go around Puerto Rico delivering extra food and supplies to other communities in Loiza that seem to have been forgotten, and help with the long road of removing debris and rebuilding this island.
Vintage Church, consider this incredible opportunity. We have family here at Vintage Church who can directly impact those in need.
To donate items, money, or to inquire about going to Puerto Rico, email Sabrina at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit the Facebook page here:
• Adult diapers – of all sizes
• Baby diapers – of all sizes
• Baby formula & baby food
• Insect repellent
• Bottled spray – NO CANNED SPRAY
• Laundry detergent
• Multi vitamins – children and adults
• WATER & Water purifying tablet
• Bags of rice & other non perishable foods
• Canned meats
• Beans & Veggies
• Powdered juice
• Battery powered fans
• Baby wipes
• Cooking oil