Berks organizations strategize on Puerto Rico relief

VIDEO: Hispanic Center of Reading...

READING, Pa. - The Hispanic Center of Reading and the United Way of Berks County held a meeting Friday to connect local folks with resources to help support those in Puerto Rico.

Dozens attended the meeting and expressed frustration by the conditions in Puerto Rico more than a week after Hurricane Maria made landfall.

Michael Toledo of the Hispanic Center wants to make sure people's donations reach those in need.

"We just want to make that they are using the proper channels because there's so many different organizations and people and websites that are out there," he told 69 News.

The local chapters of nonprofits like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army shared ways their organizations are working to help on the ground.

"We've started flying skids, entire planeloads of food and supplies into the island for our many feeding locations," said Capt. Ted Tressler with the Salvation Army of Reading.

Those at the meeting also looked ahead to helping Puerto Rican families with ties to the Reading area that may come to the city.

"Just making sure that the organizations that are here are ready to receive these U.S. citizens that may be coming from the island due to the fact that they've lost everything," Toledo added.

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