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Dozens of Florida nonprofits join forces to help thousands affected by Puerto Rico earthquakes

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Posted at 9:09 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 21:11:32-05

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — As the ground continues to shake, nonprofits are mobilizing to fill the needs of an island in turmoil.

According to the United States Geological Survey, an estimated 7,500 people have left their homes for other kinds of shelter, including cars and tents.

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“People are scared to sleep in their homes,” said Linda Perez-Davila, with the nonprofit Boricuas De Corazón.

Perez-Davila is helping coordinate all of the efforts between the nonprofits to get aid to the right places on the island.

“We are right now helping the elderly the senior community pregnant women kids that are zero to five years old. We are moving them to a secure area. We are assisting 18 camping sites with around 4,100 people at this time,” Perez-Davila said.

The 26 non-governmental organizations are united under the name FL State NGO’s Coalition for PR Earthquake.

The groups plan to return next week to help secure campsites for people living there and hand out 1,700 hundred survival backpacks loaded with supplies.

“We as a private sector, we can go in directly and impact it in a better way,” Perez-Davila said. “This is our time to showing no matter what the government do it bad or wrong we are here for our people we are Puerto Rican, and we want to make sure we are working for our people in Puerto Rico.”

For more information on how you can help, contact Boricuas De Corazón.