Barnegat Light Taxpayers Told Donation ‘Will Make a Difference’ in Struggling Puerto Rico

Taxpayers Association Sends $1,000
Jan 31, 2018

The Barnegat Light Taxpayers Association recently donated $1,000 to the Puerto Rico Relief Fund, and received a thank-you note for the aid. Regions continue to be “in the midst of a disaster or epic proportions,” according to the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province, who are working to bring aid and comfort after Hurricane Maria hit four months ago.

“We hope this will help the Franciscans continue the good work being done to help these people in such desperate need,” the taxpayers association wrote when sending the check before Christmas.

The taxpayers group remembers the agony for so many in the Long Beach Island region after the Sandy storm and is grateful for recovery, said taxpayers association President John Tennyson. Therefore, they wanted to “pay it forward” to the people of Puerto Rico, added association trustee Barbara Truncellito.

“We decided on the Franciscans as we know them well on LBI and in New York City,” Tennyson said to The SandPaper. Additionally, the bishop of Puerto Rico is a Franciscan.

Recently, a thank-you letter came from the Rev. David Convertino, executive director of the Holy Name Province Office of Development.

“Thank you for your generosity and gift of $1,000 for the people of Puerto Rico in their desperate time of need,” said Convertino. “Your gift will help make a difference in many lives there.”

Through text messages, it was determined that Franciscan friars working in Puerto Rico are safe and unharmed. “However, as you can imagine, they find themselves in the midst of a disaster of epic proportions,” said Convertino. “The infrastructure of the island has been seriously compromised, and they, along with all the people of Puerto Rico, are struggling to survive.”

Separate news reports this week count nearly a half-million people still without power. Hotels and restaurants in the city of San Juan are open for business, and cruise ships have returned to the port, said an ABC news affiliate, but out in the more mountainous areas, it’s a different story.

The Rev. Kevin Mullen, provincial of Holy Name Province, was able to make contact with the archbishop of San Juan, Roberto Gonzales, and Friar Alphonso Guzman, who are serving the people of the island. Friar communities and ministries also serve people in the United States who have direct ties to family and friends in Puerto Rico.

For anyone interested in more information or how to donate, Holy Name Province Office of Development can be reached at 144 West 32nd St., New York, N.Y. 10001-3202, phone 212-564-8799 or via FrDavid@thefranciscans.org.  —M.S.

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