JCDS Community Comes Together for Puerto Rico Relief
Students at Jacksonville Country Day (JCDS) collected supplies that will be shipped to Puerto Rico to help people on the island impacted by Hurricane Maria. The students at the Jacksonville, FL private school collected 2 and 1/2 vanloads of supplies donated by JCDS families, faculty, and staff to the island’s relief efforts.
The donated materials included diapers, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, disposable plates, and bottled water. These critical goods will be distributed through the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Puerto Rico Physician Association of North Florida.
“Once again, I am overwhelmed by the empathy and spirit of service of the JCDS community,” Head of School Pat Walker said. “Our community has many close ties with Puerto Rico, so it was especially heartwarming to see such a generous response to the crisis there.”
The donations will be much appreciated by people who are in desperate need of these supplies. In addition to donations from numerous JCDS families, Dr. Edgardo Agrait-Bertran and Dr. Stephanie Font picked up one of the vanloads of supplies. They are both from Puerto Rico and have family on the island. "We have no words to express our gratitude towards each one of the JCDS families who donated needed items for impacted families in Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria," Dr. Font said. "Special thanks to the JCDS teachers and administration for joining us and getting involved in this great effort."
Administrators Rebecca Schwam, Christy Maurer, and Tonya Elstein at the Jacksonville private elementary school organized the supply drive for Puerto Rico relief.