Help for Puerto Rico
Southern Wesleyan Business Professor Dr. Franklin Aviles-Santa and a group of entrepreneurs and leaders of the Puerto Rican community have been working to coordinate relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Maria. Dr. Todd Voss, university president, met with the group and prayed with them, and spoke in support the efforts for the reconstruction of Puerto Rico. Greenville area businesses have been collecting goods to send to Puerto Rico, with Utility Partners of America as the local collection and processing center. They also organized a benefit concert Nov. 18, along with other events. This group has been coordinating relief efforts with the Puerto Rico Cultural Society in Charlotte, N.C. and with WAPA America and WAPA TV to pick up, transport and deliver supplies by air or sea. As of late October, six containers of items needed by Hurricane Maria victims – food, water, clothes, medical supplies, generators and other essential items – were shipped to Puerto Rico. Planning meetings took place at Southern Wesleyan’s Greenville education center.