SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Utah Governor Gary Herbert is calling on Utahns to help in ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
It’s been weeks since Hurricanes Irma and Maria pummeled the Caribbean causing widespread devastation.
Gov. Herbert sent the following letter to faith-based organizations and community partners Wednesday evening to “appeal on behalf of those seeking to rebuild their lives” on the hurricane ravaged islands.
The letter read in part:
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Like you, my family and I have been deeply affected by recent news of natural and manmade disasters. I know that the people of Utah are the most caring, charitable and philanthropic in the nation. I know that many of you have already sought for ways to make a difference in the lives of those who have been challenged by recent events.
I write today to make special appeal of behalf of those seeking to rebuild their lives in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The ravages of Hurricanes Irma and Maria have left many bereft of basic resources. If you haven’t done so already, I would encourage you to contribute generously to faith-based and other reputable efforts that are providing meaningful support to the individuals and families caught in ruinous post-hurricane, conditions.
Read the entire letter here.
Governor Herbert also released a video via social media encouraging Utahns to give generously to those in need.
If you are looking for a way to contribute, the United Way of Great Salt Lake has set up an account specifically for donations for Puerto Ricans in need. You can contribute at puertorico.uw.org or call 211. This fund will supply those in need with food, water, medical supplies and more.