House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz of Tampa is traveling to Puerto Rico Wednesday “to deliver 30,000 pounds of much-needed relief supplies, including food, water, and medical necessities,” her spokesman said.
Cruz is working with “Major League Baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Moffitt Cancer Center,” according to Anders Croy, communications director for the House Democratic Office.
“Additionally, the group will also be bringing back tissue samples currently on the verge of spoiling that represent years of critical medical research, cancer patients seeking care on the mainland here in Florida, and a group of nuns displaced by the storm,” he added.
In a statement, Cruz said, “After disasters, it’s our duty as citizens to look out for each other.”
“More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, the island’s power grid remains in shambles, and authorities say it will take months to fully restore electricity,” NPR reported. “Nearly 90 percent of the island is still without power, which means millions of people remain without electricity weeks after the storm.”
“We all must ensure we are doing everything we possibly can to help our Puerto Rican neighbors recover,” Cruz said.