One Cumberland to Help Organizations Ship Donations to Puerto Rico

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Members of the Cumberland County community have come together to help those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

It's been more than two months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico. 

“The catastrophe that occurred still exists at this time," said Merrari Bermudez, a representative for NFI and a member of The Hand Foundation. "You’re talking about almost every region in the island was without electricity and water.

"At this point Puerto Rico is looking at another six months before they can start getting back on their feet.” 

Immediately following the storm, the Cumberland County community came together to help those affected. 

“Los Tainos Jeep Club, M&G Trucking, The Hand Foundation and the Salvation Army of Vineland put together a marathon to gather donations to send to Puerto Rico as soon as possible,” said Bermudez. 

And that marathon brought in a big number of donations.

“The donations consist of 52 pallets of water and 23 pallets of dry goods, canned goods, feminine hygiene [and] adult hygiene," said Bermudez. "[This is] in addition to dog food and also baby necessities and products.”  

After collecting all of these donations, they had one major problem: How were they going to afford getting 75 pallets of donations from Millville to Puerto Rico?

“The monetary needs were not foreseen and therefore it hampered the final results of the relief,” said Bermudez. 

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Since that collection back in September, the items that are needed on the island have been sitting in the NFI warehouse in Millville, just waiting on the funds to come in to ship the items. 

“In order to move a large quantity of pallets you have to ship them," said Bermudez. "In order to ship them they have to be placed in a container. It’s going to cost about $1,000. Once the containers are loaded onto the ship, it’s an additional $4,000 to ship from the port to San Juan.” 

And with all that’s been collected, they’re going to need about four containers.

On Sunday, December 3rd, SNJ Today will partner with One Cumberland to host the Heart to Heart Puerto Rico Telethon. Part of the proceeds collected will go to help these items get to where they're needed.

“Whatever we receive we’re going to be grateful for and it’s going to mean a lot,” said Bermudez. 

The Heart to Heart Puerto Rico Telethon will air live this Sunday on SNJ Today's Facebook,, FM 99.9 and Cumberland County's Comcast Channel 22.

Michelle Dawn Mooney and Latino Motion's Bert Lopez will welcome guests and accept donations to help residents in Puerto Rico get the things they need to survive and rebuild.

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