DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College volleyball team is partnering with Puerto Rico College Sports Tours and the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico to help hurricane victims on the island.
The Wesley volleyball team took part in the Puerto Rico Clasico Tournament in San Juan over Labor Day weekend and was fortunate enough to get off the island before Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, bore down on the island on Sept. 7. Weeks later Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm, made a direct hit on Puerto Rico leaving many families without homes, power and struggling to access basic necessities like food, clean water and gas.
"The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back nearly 20 to 30 years," said Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez. "I can't deny that the Puerto Rico of now is different from that of a week ago. The destruction of properties, of flattened structures, of families without homes, of debris everywhere. The island's greenery is gone."
"We just want to be able to help the people of Puerto Rico in the most effective and efficient way we can even if we are thousands of miles away," stated head volleyball coach Lindsay Beiler. "We've been told by people over there that sending items could take a long time and there's no guarantee if and when they'll get there, so we thought a GoFundMe campaign would be the most helpful route to go since those funds will be able to be accessed quickly. We really hope that people will find it in their hearts to donate if they have the means to."
Puerto Rico College Sports Tours and the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico is providing immediate relief to communities that need it the most. Monetary donations are being accepted at the GoFundMe link at the bottom of this story. Once infrastructure improves on the island, both organizations will start accepting clothing and other donations.