Minnesota Moment: Delta Airlines Joins Twin Cities Effort to Help Puerto Rico

October 04, 2017 10:44 PM

A St. Paul woman's call for action has resulted with hundreds of donations bound for Puerto Rico.

Aiyana Machado and other local activists felt called to help those affected by Hurricane Maria and created the Coalicion de Boricuas in Minnesota.


"Many of us with our families on the island have banded together," Machado said.

Machado's simple Facebook post resulted in hundreds of pallets filled with goods like water, diapers, food, and hygiene products.

But getting the goods from the Indigenous Roots Cultural Art Center in St. Paul to Puerto Rico became the next challenge.

The Coalicion turned to Delta Airlines for help.

"That's our job, we're the ones," Machado said. "The people on the island can't do anything. It's emotional, but this is incredible."

On Wednesday, the airline confirmed they would provide a humanitarian flight to take more than a hundred pallets stacked five-feet high with supplies to Puerto Rico.

Dozens of volunteers worked all day to organize the supplies and prepare it for transport to the airport.

The Delta flight takes off Friday morning and a member of the Coalicion will be on board to help.

Organizers say they're still taking donations at El Colegio High School. They're planning future events to support people in Puerto Rico.

People can also donate to El Fondo Boricua, which is a St. Paul Foundation fund.



Ben Rodgers

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