New Haven comes together to help Puerto Rico

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The city of New Haven, community leaders, and volunteers are fundraising for Puerto Rico.

Daniel Diaz with the New Haven Board of Education and Co-Founder of ARTE Inc. said, “The people of Puerto Rico have always given their heart to the world. They’ve supported other causes and now it’s our time to support them.”

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The New Haven for Puerto Rico fundraising event will be held Saturday at Quinnipiac Park. The funds will provide food, water, medical supplies and care. Daniel Diaz says Puerto Rico is close to his heart. He stated, “We are getting involved because, of course, it is the right thing to do for our 3.5 American brothers and sisters who live in Puerto Rico.”

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Diaz told News 8, “I personally have a parent who lives in Puerto Rico and have not been able to contact her. The only way that I know she is doing well is through texts I am getting through strangers.” Even the local schools are getting involved Friday night all the proceeds from the Hillhouse-Hamden high school football game will go to the cause.

Erik Patchkofsky, the Director of Athletics for New Haven Public Schools said, “We are expecting a crowd between 800 and 1,200 people. We are also going to be taking donations for the cause at that game.” Organizers said students are learning an important lesson.

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Patchkofsky added, “I think it’s important for our athletes to see that there is something that they are doing that can help other people.” Diaz said it has been difficult getting items to the island so they’re asking for cash and check donations.

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Diaz told News 8, “I do understand some people want to send perishables and diapers and things like that we are not encouraging that because at this point the ports are closed.”

 

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