Florida Hospital collects donations for Puerto Rico relief efforts


The officers will travel to the island in three waves for two weeks each.

Florida Hospital is getting results for Puerto Rico by collecting donations to send to the island, which Hurricane Maria left devastated last month.

Santos and her daughters were volunteering their time Saturday to help the cause.

As of Friday, about 90 percent of Puerto Rico is still without power, while the death toll has climbed to 36 since Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20.

Santos says it's not an option for her and her girls not to help and many volunteers have similar feelings.

"We do have several teachers here who have extended family in Puerto Rico, and we were all waiting with them to hear that everyone was OK, and it took several days, and I know what that's like to wait, to know whether or not you have a loved one that is OK", said parent Jacqueline Balandra.

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Puerto Rico in May filed a form of bankruptcy under the Title III provision in the PROMESA law.

They'll be delivered to Puerto Rico this week.

The governor said he will reiterate to a congressional delegation visiting Puerto Rico today the need for urgent action, due to the magnitude of the challenges.

In addition, two New Jersey National Guard armories continue to accept donations to aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief efforts.

Cruz said, "This is what being a police officer is all about, and this is why we're going down there. The need is unimaginable, and as Central Floridians we need to do all we can to help our brothers and sisters on the island", said Daryl Tol, president and CEO of Florida Hospital and Central Florida Division - Adventist Health System.