SPRING LAKE, MICH. - Thursday marked exactly two months since Hurricane Maria formed in the Caribbean. The storm caused catastrophic damage, especially in Puerto Rico, which is still trying to recover.
Fifty seven days after Maria made landfall, 57% of the island still does not have electricity and 9% of the population does not have running water.
A West Michigan group is sending help to the people in Puerto Rico, as well as the handful of other areas impacted by the hurricanes over the last couple of months, but they say it's getting more difficult to do each day.
It's a fear workers at International Aid face all too often, just a few weeks after a massive natural disaster occurs the news headlines fade, donation supply slows down, and the areas impacted struggle to get basic essentials. They feel forgotten, lost, and unsure how they'll get by. But those at International Aid are still trucking away to provide whatever relief they can, but they need your help to do it.
"It was really difficult to see the people struggle and lose everything," Loyd Jenkins, the Communications Director of International Aid said as he reflected on his time visiting Houston after Hurricane Harvey.
Spring Lake based International Aid has worked tirelessly to provide resources for not one, not two, but three hurricanes that hit parts of the United States, but now that we're months past the disasters, resources have dwindled, but the need most certainly hasn't.
"People are still without homes and living in refugee camps, they need more clean-up materials, they need rebuilding materials, and they obviously need health products and medical equipment," Jenkins said.
That's where International Aid comes in. With refurbished medical equipment and hygiene kits, the organization is looking for financial donations to continue providing long term resources for the tired and weary.
"To know the impact that Western Michigan gave to the people down there and they were so grateful it brought tears to their eyes," Jenkins said as he fought back the tears.
"It was really, really powerful."
International Aid is planning a hygiene packing event sometime in February for volunteers that are interested. To donate you can click here.
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