Impact Puerto Rico: scarce supplies
(CBS 12) —
Right now there are people in Puerto Rico searching for water in the mountains and living with limited supplies.
With no car, no public transportation and a one hour commute to a grocery store, it's nearly impossible to get supplies on their own. Instead, people are getting by with the help of volunteer organizations.
"Here we are again and as you can see it's still devastated," said Rafael Villanueva, member of Lions Club Multiple District 51.
Villanueva and his fellow lion's club members traveled to a central mountain town of Utuado.
It is their third visit since Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
“Here it's been four months and you see that it's like it happened two or three weeks ago," Villanueva said.
Villanueva, who was in the military and served during hurricane Andrew in South Florida in 1992 , said the response just hasn't been the same.
"I mean homestead in two months’ time everything was back to normal like we did all the school we did all the churches kids back in school," Villanueva said.
“We are not by any means in the recovery mode yet. We still need to supply a lot of things to people here," said Mariam Vazquez, Immediate Past Council Chair for the Lions Club Multiple District 51.
Lions Club International Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 grant for his group to help with relief efforts.
They are working with FEMA, handing out portable gas stoves, water, groceries and even toys for elementary school kids who are living without power and water.
The unexpected surprise on their way home brought joy to the bus driver.
"I am glad to see people are still giving," said Angelica Corrlaliza.
Giving because they care.
“There needs to be a lot of encouragement from the heart as well," said Vazquez.
And helping build confidence in those with little expectations for the future.
“It's going to take time but we got to have patience. Rome wasn't built in a day. Puerto Rico isn't going to build this six months," Villanueva said.