Local volunteers continue to collect supplies for Puerto Rico

Crisis in Puerto Rico: Trouble with food, water

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Three weeks after Hurricane Maria's devastation, Puerto Rico is still reeling. The island is in desperate need clean of water, food and medical assistance.

For 16 days straight, volunteers like Tony Rosario and Lila Luna have been gathering, packing, and shipping supplies for victims in Puerto Rico.

“We’re looking for different channels of distribution, so not only by sea, but by air; and we're trying to hit different ports-- not just the main San Juan area,” Rosario said.

Rosario and Luna have been working with local organizations and businesses. Rosario said altogether Hampton Roads collected and shipped about 12 large containers so far.

With family members stuck on the island, the only Rosario and Luna can do is continue to collect supplies.

"I spoke with my sister this past weekend and she mentioned that they get water but the water is dirty so they're unable to drink it,” Luna said.

With cell service going in and out, Luna will sometimes go days without hearing from her mother and sister.

“It’s really sad and overwhelming to not hear from your family members in such a long period of time,” she said.

Rosario still hasn’t heard from some of his family.

“I’m talking about brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles--I still haven't heard from them. To this day, a lot of family members I haven't -- no news from,” he said.

Friday, Rosario said his group of volunteers plan to take another load up to New York, where the shipment and distribution process has been much easier.

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