ROXBURY (CBS) — Volunteers in Roxbury stayed busy on Saturday sorting through donations they will be sending to Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico.

A small group opened up a donation drive at the El Mondonguito restaurant two days ago. They asked for canned goods, toiletries, and money.

Zulma Medina, the drive’s organizer, said, “It’s been a very emotional time for us here. We are more than grateful to everyone that has donated.”

“Our country is not the same as we know it. I have seen it only in pictures. I have spoken to people who have been there,” she added.

At Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, volunteers who worked with Care One loaded up a 53-foot long tractor-trailer truck with water, food, clothing, and emergency supplies.

gillettehelp Locals Continue Donation Drive Efforts To Puerto Rico

Volunteers in Foxboro load a tractor-trailer with supplies to help hurricane victims (WBZ-TV)

“Filling up the rest of the truck, they’re heading down to Florida, and the other three trailers are headed to Puerto Rico to help the victims down there,” explained volunteer Andrew Grimes.

Another Roxburyvolunteer, Katherine Ruiz, asked, “If we don’t do it, who’s going to do it?”

Medina said, “We just hope and rely on God to help us at least put that emotional distress on hold until we finish our mission.”

The Roxbury volunteers are taking donations until Sunday at 8 p.m. In the meantime, they are looking for d-batteries, cardboard boxes, and money for shipping.

Those interested in donating to the efforts can do so with GoFundMe.


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