by: Jenna Bourne, Action News Jax Updated:
The Jacksonville community did not let Sunday’s rain stop them from coming out to The Landing for a Puerto Rico relief drive.
Organizers tell Action News Jax the turnout was above and beyond their expectations, storm or no storm.
“A lot of gratitude and emotion for such a great turnout. It’s definitely unprecedented. We didn’t expect so many great people coming out for this cause,” organizer Glenda Torres said.
Joanna Van Oss’ father is in Puerto Rico and her family is trying to get him out.
She said she was touched by Sunday’s turnout.
“It’s just wonderful. I started crying as soon as we drove up,” Van Oss said.
Scott Taylor said he was not going to let the rain prevent him from dropping off donations.
“No, not at all. And I’m even telling friends, I’ll come and get the stuff. Just put it on the porch, we’ll get it,” Taylor said.
Former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown helped unload donations out of cars.
“It’s heartbreaking. So we just went through Irma and we know what the impact is all about. And so it’s about saving lives and making sure that you help your fellow man,” Brown said.
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