She is helping her hometown since the government has not.
Evelyn Cartagena-Meyer lives in Colorado but she comes from Puerto Rico. She’s about to take her second trip to her hometown with supplies to help those who have been suffering since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. While she previously raised funds for supplies, this time around she is focusing on bringing solar lights to those living in darkness.
There is still no power in many places in Puerto Rico, including her hometown of Salinas, which has been struggling to receive aid. According to The Denver Post, Salinas is one of the places that federal government has not been able to reach yet, leaving those residents without supplies.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Patrick Loch told The Denver Post they’re working in about 41 out of the 78 municipalities on the island.
“We’re working everyday, all day, knowing we’re not going to stop until we get Puerto Rico back where it needs to be,” he says.
During her first round of supply and fundraising, Cartagena-Meyer raised $50,000 that she used to buy tarps, water purifiers, and other supplies that people on the island desperately need. She mailed all the supplies the first time but will be making the trip to Puerto Rico in person to deliver the solar lights and other supplies. It will be her first time in Puerto Rico since Maria.
“Puerto Rico is my home,” Cartagena-Meyer told CBS Denver. “I’m proud to be Puerto Rican and I want to help my people in Puerto Rico.”
Cartagena-Meyer is raising more money to continue her relief work with Puerto Rico. If you would like to donate to her effort, visit her YouCaring page here. So far she has been able to raise another $15,000.