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Sofrito Gastro Pub holds fundraiser for Puerto Rico relief

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READING, Pa. - It wasn't just any Taco Tuesday at Sofrito Gastro Pub in Reading.

"We are jamming for Puerto Rico," said Hector Ruiz, the pub's owner.

Ruiz accepted monetary donations to go toward the "Puerto Ricans United" charity to help fund relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

"I mean, we were expecting a crowd, but I think this like, exceeds anything we were expecting," said Corrin Ruiz, Hector's wife. 

Ruiz said the larger-than-expected turnout shows the strength of the city's Puerto Rican community. 

"It's a community that, when disaster happens, gets together to help others," Ruiz explained.

Vic Corcino, a professional photographer in Reading, was in Puerto Rico for a funeral when the hurricane hit.

"It was actually overwhelming," Corcino said. "It took me a week to focus back and realize I was home." 

He said the situation is still dire.

"Two-and-a-half hours in line for food. Grocery stores are scarce. Nothing's open," he explained.

With the ongoing issues Puerto Rico is facing, Hector Ruiz doesn't plan on stopping after this.

"It's my goal to have events like this throughout the year. It's a long-term effort to try and get together for the people of Puerto Rico," he said.


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