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PRESS STATEMENT --
[Hartford, CT] – The Coalition of Connecticut Puerto Rican Day Parades Festivals, which includes the CICD-Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. Hartford Chapter, Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County, Puerto Rican Festival of New Haven, Meriden Puerto Rican Festival, Boriken Festival of Norwich, and the Waterbury Puerto Rican Parade & Festival, released the following statement today regarding Hurricane Fiona’s devastating impact on Puerto Rico.
“Our hearts and prayers are with our brothers & sisters in Puerto Rico as they once again are faced with the catastrophic devastation of a natural disaster – Hurricane Fiona. We continue to monitor official updates, media reports, and speak with families & advocates on the ground. In the last forty –eight hour, we have received countless messages asking how we – the Connecticut Puerto Rican community & beyond – can help.
As we have learned from past, we must be smart and strategic in our efforts. This is why in accordance with Governor Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico’s request for the diaspora not to send humanitarian aid, at this time; we will not be organizing a statewide effort to collect humanitarian aid. Instead, we are relaunching “CT Helps PR/ CT Ayuda PR”, an online relief effort that was launched in the aftermath of the 2020 earthquake. Should you want to donate to our efforts you can do so by clicking here www.CTHelpsPR.org / www.CTAyudaPR.org