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Raleigh man anxious about lack of supplies, communication in native Puerto Rico

I said, "Is anyone interested in helping?' And the response was so overwhelming".

"There's a song that says, no matter if I was born on the moon, I'm still Puerto Rican", he said.

Carlos Ortiz, the bakery's owner, said he is collecting donations of water, flashlights, non-perishable food items, diapers, clean clothing and other items.

Now that the young family is back in Florida, Tyra Elwess said they just wanted to relax and recover. There's no power, roads are washed out and supplies are dwindling. "We don't know what their conditions are, what's the condition there, if they have water, food". "We don't think anything bad happened to them, we just don't know where they are right now because there is no communication", said Santos.

His family is OK, but he fears for many others.

Republican President Donald Trump insisted that food, water and medical supplies are top priorities.

"Not only me talking to my brother, but the mayor of my hometown, which is the second largest city in Puerto Rico, couldn't talk to the governor", Santana said.

"Charity has always been the defining characteristic of the Knights of Columbus, and people - both those in distress and those who want to help - have placed a great deal of trust in us", said Knights' CEO Carl Anderson. More donors followed suit.

Santana has taken to social media to get the word out about how much help is needed in Puerto Rico. Leroy said any updates have been coming through posts on Facebook from her cousin.

Ortiz said he's even been taking phone calls from people wondering how they can be part of the effort. "We know of my uncle and my aunt, they've responded that they are okay but we haven't heard from them since", said Leroy.

The COFINA Seniors Coalition is a group of creditors based in Puerto Rico and throughout the United States. "We'll do whatever needs to be done".



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