Milwaukee Hispanic community reaches out to help Puerto Rico, Mexico

Posted at 3:59 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-28 19:21:00-04

Members of Milwaukee's Hispanic community came together today to raise the awareness of the need for relief supplies in Hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico, and the areas of Mexico devastated by last week's earthquake. 

Griselda Aldrete of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee noticed the need for organization and gathered several Milwaukee are businesses and Organizations to take part.

"We've always banded together in times of need and whether it personally affects you or not, we are here to call for help for those in need," Aldrete said.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said, "this is a humanitarian crisis and it requires us that live in Milwaukee to do what we can."

The mayor said his office would help organize the relief efforts from Milwaukee. 

Milwaukee Alderman Jose Perez is the son of Puerto Rican immigrants and called the reaction to the crisis in that country slow.

"We can not let compassion fade," Perez said, "the frightened and crying children we watched on the news after Maria are our children."

Relief efforts will focus on Puerto Rico and the areas of Mexico badly damaged by mother nature. To help visit this website with a list of organizations in Milwaukee helping out.