SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Lt. Governor Spencer Cox just got back from a 5-day, life-changing trip to Puerto Rico — the U.S. territory devastated recently by Hurricane Maria.
It has been just over two months since that hurricane left so many without power and potable water.
And yet, Cox says, the damage is still widespread.
“It was unbelievable to see the destruction. It’s been two months, but if you had told me the hurricane had happened three days ago, I would have believed you—that’s still what it looks like,” said Cox.
But the people?
“They’re still smiling. They’re still happy,” said Cox.
Cox joined roughly 45 other volunteers from Utah for the trip. They arrived with roughly $700,000 in donations, including solar products for those without power.
“People would just break down in tears when we would present them with these devices,” said Cox.
“We left with a message. We would give these out to families that needed them. But when their power comes on, their job is to give it to someone else whose power is not on. So the hope is that this will have a ripple effect throughout the country,” added Cox.