More than 20 volunteers from our Commercial and Administrative departments joined a caravan bringing water, food, and other supplies to refugee camps in the Indios ward of Guayanilla, where most of the seismic activity occurred. They formed a human chain to unload supplies from trucks, delivering aid to those in need in a matter of minutes. While there, they were also able to help a fellow employee and his family evacuate their house. In addition, company volunteers worked with the Food Bank in downtown Carolina to help with collecting, sorting, and packaging food for impacted residents.
“Being part of this group that brought much-needed items and supplies to the refugees was an incredible experience,” says Ricardo Estrada, Head of Commercial Development in Puerto Rico. “To hear their stories was in some cases heartbreaking, especially those of people with special needs, kids, and the elderly. They told us about their needs for pharmaceutical and personal hygiene products and ice, but mostly they wanted us to listen and continue to spread the word about their situation. Seeing how our team responded was exciting, as we were able to help people in need and also bond as a team.”