Tampa nonprofit donating money to employees in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Posted at 5:07 PM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 17:07:03-04

A Florida nonprofit that helps connect organ donors with recipients is working to help dozens of their own employees located in Puerto Rico.

LifeLink has its headquarters in Brandon where they help organ and tissue donors connect with those in need across west Florida, Puerto Rico and Georgia. 

When Hurricane Maria went through the island, it did a number across the area including their location in San Juan. 

The staff at LifeLink Puerto Rico have been running on generators as they try and get their business up and running. 

Maria Veve, helped start the San Juan location back in 1994, and has family and friends on the island. 

"It hits home," she said, "when you talk to someone and they're going through what they're going through."

Veve said the Puerto Rico location is working to establish a mechanism to take care of the phone calls or guide the phone calls where they need to go. 

The non-profit now donating, and accepting donations to its 75 employees who work in San Juan. 

So far they have raised $140,000. 

For more information on organ and tissue donations and the crowd sourcing account, go here.