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Utah Volunteers Determined to Continue Helping Puerto Rico

Video and article curtesy of KSL, originally published Nov 30, 2017.  Read Full Story at KSL.com. We are continuing to raise money for Puerto Rico and thank all of those who have so kindly supported this cause.

What began as a text stream among friends blossomed into a full-blown humanitarian effort known as Light Up Puerto Rico.

“We thought initially we would raise $10,000 to come out and hand out some lights, and it’s turned into so much more than that because of a lot of giving hearts,” Dilley said.

As word spread, their ability to offer aid increased. Light Up Puerto Rico partnered with Tifie Humanitarian and other humanitarian groups and concentrated their efforts on bringing light, shelter and other necessities to those who hadn’t received aid yet.

Utah companies Goal Zero and Barebones provided solar lights, solar generators and sturdy tents at cost. To date, the group has raised over $400,000; and has purchased 86 solar generators; 75 tent shelters; 3,500 solar lights; 100 pallets of food, water and hygiene kits; and 300 water filtration systems

The Utah Governor’s Office gave a public endorsement of the group. And, in mid-November, a delegation of 40 Utah volunteers was organized to help deliver the supplies.

Volunteers from Utah spent five days on the island delivering supplies in the sweltering heat and helping with cleanup efforts. (Photo: KSL TV)

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox was among the group that traveled to the island.