Lawmakers Taking Up Collections to Help Puerto Rico

Several Connecticut lawmakers are taking up collections to help people in need after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, causing devastation and knocking out power to the whole island.

State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez, who was born in Puerto Rico, said she and other Latino lawmakers plan to travel to Puerto Rico in early October to help buy items for people who are in shelters on the island.

Lawmakers plan to have a kiosk at several events over the next few days in Waterbury, Meriden and Hartford where people can donate money.


  • Latin America Music Festival, Friday, Sept. 22 on the Meriden Green, at 77 State St., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The Gathering, East Main Street in Waterbury, Saturday, Sept. 23, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Park Street in Hartford, in front of the El Mercado, Friday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Gonzalez said she’s been in contact with current and former lawmakers in Puerto Rico who’ve given her a list of about 50 shelters where people are staying.

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