Chicago Red Cross to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

In this Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 photo, Arden Dragoni, second from left, poses with his wife Sindy, their three children and dog Max, surrounded by what remains of their home destroyed by Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. The Dragoni family has been living in a shelter set up at a school since the storm destroyed their wooden home in late September. They lost everything: clothes, household goods, and an old car. Dragoni supported his family by working construction, but his employers are currently out of business, leaving him and his family without a source of income. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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About 60 percent of the island of Puerto Rico remains without power, drinking water and food — eight weeks after Hurricane Maria tore through. In addition, close to 300 schools are still closed.

Monday morning, Celena Roldan, who is in charge of Chicago’s chapter of the Red Cross, and her mother, a mental health expert, will leave for Puerto Rico. They have decided to spend their Thanksgiving holiday trying to help.

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There are about 500 Red Cross relief workers on the island providing aid currently, but they have yet to get to many remote communities.

Only 50 percent of Puerto Rico residents have power since the hurricane, and communities continue to grapple with power outages. Many residents are not expected to get power restored until mid-December.

In Washington, D.C., on Sunday, thousands, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of “Hamilton,” marched on the Capitol to try to get politicians to focus attention on Puerto Rico.

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Former President Bill Clinton will travel to Puerto Rico, where he will meet with the governor and the mayor of San Juan on Monday.

The Clinton Foundation has provided assistance to the island and the former president plans to try to assess ongoing needs.

To watch more of the Red Cross’s work, you can click here.

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