• Second Blessings for Puerto Rico supply drive hopes to fill 10 shipping containers

    By: Johny Fernandez


    KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Florida Hospital, WFTV-Channel 9, and 107.3 Solo Exitos hope to fill ten 45-foot shipping containers Sunday with relief supplies to send to Hurricane Maria victims at the second Blessings for Puerto Rico supply drive. 

    The first event was so successful that several 45-foot shipping containers filled with supplies were taken to Puerto Rico by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, and the organization hopes to fill several more. The shipping containers will be converted into housing in Puerto Rico. 

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    The second Blessings for Puerto Rico donation relief drive was at Florida Hospital Kissimmee.

    Florida Hospital is partnering with the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for this relief effort. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency will distribute the collected items in Puerto Rico.

    When donors dropped off items at the drive, you’ll see a line of people smiling and dancing. 

    Pallets of water, food and medication are all being prepared for shipment to help the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. 

    “This is the least we could do. I mean everyone should do something to alleviate, hopefully (because) these people really have nothing,” said Luis Rodriguez, a donor. 

    For many in Kissimmee, the destruction in Puerto Rico hits home.

    Donor Nora Vega lives in the city but has family on the island and wanted to help. 

    The first Blessings for Puerto Rico drive resulted in 40,000 meals and hundreds of pounds of supplies being shipped to the island. 

    Volunteers, organizers and residents said they wish to continue bringing hope to the island. 

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