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UA student organizes relief effort for Hurricane Maria victims

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Monica Acevedo-Molina felt it was her duty to respond in a productive way after learning of Hurricane Maria’s destructive nature upon the island of Puerto Rico.

"I couldn't talk to my family, I couldn't talk to anyone, I really felt like, hopeless and I knew that I needed do something,” she said.

Acevedo-Molina, a first-year graduate student at the University of Arizona, grew up in Puerto Rico.

She’s had limited contact with her family and friends but believes they’re doing okay.

Backed by the UA Psychology Department, Acevedo-Molina organized a relief effort of her own.

The idea came from Millie’s Café, a Puerto Rican restaurant in Phoenix, that’s collecting supplies to ship to hurricane victims.

"Water is really in demand,” Acevedo-Molina said.

People have donated water, baby diapers, various canned-goods and batteries, among other items.

For UA senior Tainysha Acevedo, the local relief efforts resonate with her on a personal level. She’s a native of Puerto Rico.  

"My family is okay but just to think of the general island, it's very heartbreaking. My boyfriend's family actually lost their house,” Acevedo said.

The supplies collected is being sent to Millie’s Café then shipped off to Puerto Rico, nearly 3,000 miles away.

"We're really grateful. I really didn't think all this could be collected in such a short notice,” Acevedo said.

"I just really hope this gets distributed to people that need it the most,” Acevedo-Molina said.

UA PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUPPLIES

Here are alternative ways to aid victims of Hurricane Maria:

Go to United for Puerto Rico's website. Or go to Global Giving website

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