Local organization and Monroe County legislator, leading the “Boots on The Ground” relief effort for Puerto Rico

ROCHESTER, NY – It’s been a day since Hurricane Fiona swept through Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of devastation behind. On Monday, several Rochester-area organizations have already begun collecting hurricane relief supplies that will soon travel to the battered U.S. Commonwealth.

A local organization and a Monroe County legislator are leading a “Boots on The Ground” relief effort.

Led by the Canandaigua-based Re-Lief Corporation and County Legislator Mercedes Vasquez-Simmons, the duo receives donations to help island residents. Re-Lief President and CEO Wanda Martinez-Johncox said donations can be dropped off at the Latino Youth and Development Center on North Clinton Avenue, and she will personally take items collected herself and will distribute in Puerto Rico to those desperately short of supplies. . Martinez-Johncox says that in addition to solar-powered products, she will bring as many non-perishable food items as she can bring with her.

“I’ll see what they need. I know a lot of people say they need baby stuff and diapers and stuff like that. I always try to listen to people in need,” Martinez-Johncox said.

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