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Westchester in campaign for Ian’s victims

They call a pro-fund event to help Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, in White Plains to be held on Sunday, October 9

Those who want to support can also buy raffles, paying either by check, cash or via Zelle, from Chase. Winner must be present.

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Puerto Rico Needs Help is the name of the campaign to collect donations for the victims of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, which has been carried out by the Yonkers Hispanic Cultural Foundation Inc, in Westchester County and various organizations.

Luis Muñiz, president of the Yonkers Hispanic Cultural Foundation, Inc, explained that they are working directly with pediatric and elderly care clinics in Puerto Rico, to whom they are sending bags full of first aid items as soon as possible.

“We are trying to serve as much as possible, for example, we have managed to get a generator for a family that has one of its members on an artificial respirator in an area that has been left without electricity. We learned that the neighbors were trying to help them, even with car batteries to prevent this person from losing his life,” Muñiz explained.

First, they organized an event last Thursday at El Cantito Café, in Yonkers, and on Sunday, October 9, they will carry out a fundraising activity at the Don Coquí restaurant, located in White Plains, 107 Mamaroneck Avenue, from 4 to 8 pm. The cost is $80 per person and includes buffet, DJ, soda, and drinks and raffles.

Thanks to the support of the community, this campaign sent 20 bags with first aid, to Puerto Rico, last week, on Thursday another 40 bags have left and this Friday 20 more bags to Puerto Rico, two to Cuba and 2 to the Dominican Republic .

“We have received the support of the community and also of several elected officials such as Shelley Mayer, Collin Smith, among others, and we call on the entire community to continue supporting our brothers and sisters affected in the Caribbean,” explained the president of YHCF.

To participate you can buy a ticket and there will be raffles. The organizers are locating people who will travel to these affected countries to commission them to send the first aid bags.

If you want to collaborate, you can do so by donating $150, which is the cost of each bag of first aid products. “The airlines are not charging travelers who carry an aid bag to these countries and we especially thank JetBlue, which is cooperating a lot,” Muñiz said. Money can be deposited at yonkershcf@gmail.com through Zelle, Chase Quickpay.

Héctor López, president of the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Westchester, is part of this humanitarian aid collection team and highlights the support of the community in Westchester.

“The Westchester community is always responsive,” Lopez said.

Posted on September 29, 2022



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