From Dunkirk, Utah with love

Submitted Photo Pictured are some of the medical supplies the city of Dunkirk has helped send to Puerto Rico. They will arrive in Dunkirk Thursday and head to Buffalo before being shipped to the hurricane ravaged island.

A collaboration with the city of Dunkirk, a humanitarian organization in Utah and New York state will result in a truckload of medical supplies heading to Puerto Rican hospitals in need after Hurricane Maria.

Hector Rosas, the city’s special events coordinator, first connected with former Dunkirk resident Tammy Will on social media during the city’s campaign to raise funds and garner donations for the hurricane ravaged island. Will is a philanthropist with Globus Relief, an organization distributing needed medical supplies to improve health care globally.

She donated $314,675.98 in supplies for Puerto Rico, but had no way to get the shipment to the island from Utah.

The city used its connection with Jacob Sam of Agricultural Transport in Dunkirk to retrieve the 26 pallets of supplies. They will arrive in Dunkirk on Thursday.

A further collaboration with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his staff and Empire State Development’s Sam Hoyt, have allowed for the $50,000 in transport costs to be waived. The medical supplies will be delivered to hospitals in Puerto Rico from the U.S. Army National Guard Armory in Buffalo.

The city will also be sending $12,000 to Puerto Rico as part of the monetary donations it has collected in a special Dunkirk Local Development Corporation account.

At this time, the city has stopped collecting goods at the warehouse on Lake Shore Drive and Washington Avenue. However, monetary donations will still be accepted at the Planning and Development Office in the Stearns building.

“We have been working diligently here in the Planning & Development Department-Special Events Division following the directive order issued by Mayor Rosas to seek aid for the U.S. territory and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,” Hector Rosas said.

“We want to thank Dunkirk Mayor Rosas and Buffalo Mayor Brown for working collaboratively with local WNY Organizations in the collection of donated goods, specifically Cas Rodriguez of The Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, H.O.P.E.-Hispanics Organized for Progress and Education serving WNY, Agricultural Transport, Goya Trucking, Vidal Colon & Friends of Jamestown, NY, Hispanics United of Buffalo, Chito Olivencia-PRACA, Panorama Hispano News, Hispanic Community Coalition and all of those involved with this great humanitarian effort in WNY in helping to aid our brothers and sisters of Puerto Rico during their time of need,” Hector Rosas added.

Mayor Rosas also gave credit and special recognition to City Clerk Edwin Ramos for his unwavering energy and dedication, the city of Dunkirk Fire Department, and all other city staff and private citizens who came out to lend their support at the location on Washington Avenue.

“As mayor, I stand proud of our city of Dunkirk staff and residents in their help toward the relief effort for the people of Puerto Rico. I am just happy to be a part of it,” Mayor Rosas said.