Helping Those in Need After Hurricane Maria

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SCRANTON -- The destruction of Hurricane Maria hit home for many people in the area. Some feel the need to go help with recovery efforts.

Maria Colon is a volunteer with the American Red Cross. She lives in Shenadoah, but once called Puerto Rico home. Now the devastation there has her at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport boarding a plane bound for her native home.

“I have family members over there. They are in need and we also have the entire Puerto Rico right now that needs all the help they can get, so every little help counts,” said Colon.

Colon expects to arrive in Puerto Rico early next week.


  • Oh well

    I’m not helping them. Where were they to help us when WE lost buildings to snow collapse every winter? They were living in paradise not giving a hoot about us.

    • Givemeabreak

      Lol. Paradise? I guess you have never been to Puerto Rico have you? Go away from the resorts and you will be lucky if you don’t get robbed. Homeowners insurance covers snow damage on roofs too. Why don’t you have homeowners insurance on your house? They had flood damage in areas you can’t even buy flood insurance that’s why it was declared because insurance isn’t going to cover their damages like yours would. There hasn’t been a federal declaration for disaster assistance in Pennsylvania for snow or ice since 1996 here. FEMA determines if there is enough damage to warrant a disaster declaration and then the President has to sign it. You don’t know what you are talking about.

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