S. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - When you see the video, the damage in Puerto Rico is shocking. Three earthquakes over a magnitude of 5.0 in the last week have motivated people in the Lehigh Valley to get involved.
Radio station La Mega in Allentown is holding a radio-thon. The event will only collect money after looking at options to send supplies. President Victor Martinez says this is also a way to get money to those in need faster.
"After doing some research we found out to send a container to Puerto Rico will cost anywhere between $5,000 and $7,000 and it will take two weeks to get to Puerto Rico," Martinez said.
"We started getting calls and comments on our Facebook page right away. The good thing about this incident relative to Maria, it’s much more localized,” said Peter Brown, executive director, American Red Cross, Lehigh Valley - Bucks Chapter.
The American Red Cross of the Lehigh Valley and Bucks County is going to provide technical support on the island. It is teaming up with the radio station.
Brown says there are already enough supplies in the north. They just need funds to help repair damage to the south of the island.
“We really rely on the generosity of the American public. Not just with their time but with their talent and their treasure to be able to respond,” Brown said.
The delegation is collecting money Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on La Mega Radio. Then on Friday the group will fly to the island with U.S. Rep. Susan Wild to get an up close look at the damage.