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PAU Community Leads Successful Donation Drive for Puerto Rico Storm Victims

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Palo Alto University students, faculty, and staff collected nearly 400 pounds of supplies - from food and water to toys and batteries - in an effort to support Puerto Rico residents affected by last September’s massive hurricanes. The donation drive was spearheaded by PAU students, who were compelled into action after widespread destruction left many without basic necessities, including food, water and electricity.

 "When I hear the word 'resiliency' I think of Puerto Ricans.” said Angely Piazza Rodriguez, a Ph.D. student at PAU, and one of the students who organized the donation drive. “Despite the adversities they are currently experiencing, they find reasons to laugh, sing, dance, and to strengthen their unity as a society. A hurricane category 5 destroyed their surroundings, but it strengthened their hearts."

While there have been improvements, many Puerto Ricans are still without basic necessities. Donated goods collected by PAU are being shipped to the Ponce Medical School Foundation in Ponce, Puerto Rico. For more information, including ways you can help the residents of Puerto Rico please visit http://www.unidosporpuertorico.com/en/ . To donate directly to the foundation with which PAU partnered, the Ponce Medical School Foundation, please visit pmsfrelieffund.org



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