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Holyoke group adopts Puerto Rico cities to help with hurricane rebuilding efforts

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The city of Holyoke announced a new way they plan to help people in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.  

They have 'adopted' two cities that are in desperate need of help.

With hurricane season upon us, those hardest hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico are terrified at the thought of another hurricane hitting their already devastated homes. 

People in Holyoke are doing their part to help.

The island of Puerto Rico was devastated by those hurricanes months ago and today, thousands of people on the island still have no power or access to clean water and supplies. 

Now that hurricane season is back, they are worried.

"If a hurricane was to hit the island of Puerto Rico right now, they are not ready," said Nelson Roman, director of Nueva Esperanza.

Closer to home, in Holyoke, Nueva Esperanza wanted to help.  They announced that they will help two specific communities in an adoption type program by sending them money and Home Depot gift cards to help rebuild.

"These two cities that we have chosen to adopt really need infrastructure help," Roman added.

They are hoping that other communities will follow their lead.

"I'm optimistic that other organizations and other entities in the city will also think about adopting a city or town in Puerto Rico," said Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.

Roman added, "There are 78 cities and towns in Puerto Rico.  If you can adopt one and see what their needs are and help them, that’s going to make the difference."

Roman told Western Mass News that the two specific communities that they are helping are Loiza and Yabucoa.

The goal is to raise $25,000 for each community - $50,000 total.

"We are weekly going to send that money to those municipalities, so they can get that money into the hands of their people," Roman said.

There will also be mission trips planned in the near future, so any donations can be dropped off at Nueva Esperanza on Main Street in Holyoke and they will pass it along to their adopted communities.

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