Tucson Salvation Army officer aids Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Fiona

Oct 23, 2022, 5:45 AM
(The Salvation Army Southwest Division photo)...
(The Salvation Army Southwest Division photo)
(The Salvation Army Southwest Division photo)

PHOENIX — A Tucson Salvation Army officer joined an Emergency Disaster Services team in Puerto Rico to aid those affected by Hurricane Fiona.

Captain Yohani Ortiz, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army Tucson Amphi Corps Community Center, traveled to Mayagüez on Monday where they set up a pop-up tent and handed out 207 gift cards, 280 cleaning kits and 1,400 meal kits to drivers and people passing by, according to a press release.

On Tuesday in a small mountainous town near Caguas, Ortiz and the EDS team handed out 114 gift cards, 116 hygiene kits, 177 food boxes and 300 bottles of water.

Since Hurricane Fiona touched ground in September, The Salvation Army has helped around 20,000 people from Caguas, Mayagüez, San Juan, Bayamón, Arecibo, Loíza, Guayama, Humacao, Ponce, Peñuelas and Fajardo with supplies.

These supplies include prepared meals, food boxes/meal kits, snacks, beverages, clothing and packs of diapers, personal hygiene kits, ice bags, cleanup kits and cleaning products, blankets, furniture, charging stations for people to charge personal devices like mobile phones, laptops and portable medical equipment, according to the release.

If you or others you know want to help, visit the website or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

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Tucson Salvation Army officer aids Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Fiona