Irma Missed Them, But Puerto Ricans Became Heroes Anyway

Civilian Puerto Ricans are stepping as heroes and volunteers, donating water, clothing, first aid and other supplies, and sailing their personal boats to the islands to rescue their now-homeless neighbors who have lost everything. Many of these boats have returned from St. Thomas crowded with people.

Puerto Rican Martita Rivera, who along with her husband has set up a donation center, spoke of the bonds and affinity she has with many of her island neighbors:

“We’ve enjoyed the beauty and the fun of those islands […] We only saw the need to say, ‘We’re here for you.’”

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