Local organization, Monroe County Legislator leading “Boots on the Ground” relief effort for Puerto Rico

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – It’s already been one day since Hurricane Fiona swept through Puerto Rico, leaving behind a trail of devastation. On Monday several Rochester area organizations already started collecting hurricane relief supplies that will soon make its way to the battered American Commonwealth.

One local organization, and a Monroe County Legislator are leading a “Boots on The Ground” relief effort.

Led by the Re-Lief Corporation based in Canandaigua, and County Legislator Mercedes Vasquez-Simmons, the pair is taking in donations to help people on the island. Re-Lief President and CEO Wanda Martinez-Johncox says donations can be dropped off at the Latino Youth and Development Center on North Clinton Avenue, and she will personally take the collected items herself, and distribute them in Puerto Rico to those desperately in of supplies. Martinez-Johncox says besides solar powered products, she will bring as much non-perishable food that she can bring with her.

“I’m going to see what they need. I know a lot of people say they need stuff for babies, and diapers and stuff like that. I always just try to listen to the people who are in need,” said Martinez-Johncox.

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