BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A connection through chaos for Bethlehem's Michelle Laureano and Yomaira Luciano.
Puerto Rico's earthquakes forced the prison guard and mom from her home.
Laureano recently sent her a care package. Luciano thanked her online and included Laureano's note leading to this first time meeting.
"That is the point for people here is to receive something they're not expecting," Laureano said.
Laureano, an island native, former Puerto Rico government employee and Red Cross volunteer, has been helping in Puerto Rico.
That includes navigating FEMA paperwork for Guanica employee Nelson Quilis.
"There are a lot of papers they been receiving from the government, from FEMA, a lotof them they don't understand, they don't know what is the next step," she said.
Luciano's next steps? Using social media to connect affected families to those in the Lehigh Valley. She's receiving instant feedback.
"A family from Bethlehem already sent a box of wipes to Guanica," she said while sitting at her computer in Puerto Rico.
The box was sent to Angelica and her daughter Balseda, who has cerebral palsy.
Luareano met the pair the day before at an earthquake camp and posted their story online.
"So many people in need here. So now we are already matching families in the Lehigh Valley with these families over here," she said.
This includes Teresa Soto. The mom who's living in a tent took 69 News on a disaster tour.
Michelle says donations were sent to Soto the next day.
She said what they really need are funds, not tangible items, as they have nowhere to store them.
What they need are funds to either rent or buy somewhere else.
Laureano is grateful for the immediate response.
"Going to bed knowing that help is already on the way," she said.