Heart to Heart: One Cumberland, SNJ Today Announce Telethon to Help Puerto Rico

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It has been more than two months since the island of Puerto Rico was heavily damaged by Hurricane Maria and the people who live there are still suffering as nearly half remain without electricity, and other necessities are in short supply.

On Wednesday, November 29th, officials in Cumberland County officially announced that more help will soon be coming their way.

At Inspira in Vineland, One Cumberland — in partnership with SNJ Today — officially announced the "Heart to Heart Puerto Rico Telethon" that will be taking place this weekend.

With a goal of $50,000, the telethon, which will be raising funds to send aid to those affected by the recent hurricanes, has already raised about $39,000 so far.

Related: New Cumberland County Nonprofit — One Cumberland — Hosting Puerto Rico Telethon Dec. 3

It's a feat officials say could not have been possible without the generosity of the community and the help from volunteers.

"The role of volunteers is vital to this event to be a success," said Bernice Hampton, volunteer coordinator of the Heart to Heart Puerto Rico Telethon. "The goal is to get as much community participation as possible. There was no problem recruiting volunteers.

"They see what was happening to Puerto Ricans, who are citizens, and are ready and willing to help in any way they can. When people know that their time and efforts are helping a larger cause, they get to work."

The Heart to Heart Puerto Rico Telethon, co-hosted by Michelle Dawn Mooney and Latino Motion's Bert Lopez, will air live this Sunday, December 3rd, on SNJ Today's Facebook, SNJ Today.com, FM 99.9 and Cumberland County's Comcast Channel 22.

For more information, visit onecumberland.net

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