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Buffalo community looks to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Posted at 11:23 PM, Sep 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 23:23:51-04

Leaders of the Puerto Rican community in the city of Buffalo came together Wednesday night to ask the public for help. Puerto Rico has been hit by Hurricane Maria and is in need of donations such as food and water. 

Called the Puerto Rican Leadership, it was formed just Wednesday morning after Chito Olivencia, a community leader both in Buffalo and Puerto Rico, lost one of his family members due to the Hurricane. 

"I got the bad news of what happened in my town and in my family. It was tough and I have to tell you I didn't sleep" Olivencia said. 

The leadership held an open session to ask the community what they could do to help Puerto Rico. The main thing they asked for, basic necessities. 

"People don't have water, they don't have food, they don't have clothes, anything that you can help with."

Puerto Rico has been without power since Hurricane Maria hit the island Tuesday night. 

The leadership will be meeting again on Thursday morning where they will determine how and where the public can donate to Puerto Rico. 7 Eyewitness News will keep you updated as that information becomes available.