Utah coach collects donations for Puerto Rican hurricane survivorsLiverpool F.C. International Academy Utah coach Hector Cortes has appealed for donations to the Puerto Rican relief effort after his father died following the disaster.

Hurricane Maria claimed at least 13 lives in Puerto Rico last week when 130 mph winds devastated much of the island’s infrastructure, including power, transportation, and emergency services. Cortes’s father died Saturday morning after the storm stuck Puerto Rico.

Much of Hector Cortes’s family still lives in the region, and he is hoping to send a range of items to help residents recover from the storm. Those items include batteries, masks, mosquito repellant, water filters, hand sanitizer, diapers, baby formula, hygiene kits, and first aid kits.

Conditions in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria have been described as “apocalyptic” by government officials, with 4,000 members of the U.S. Army Reserves deployed to assist. Across the island, streets have been littered with debris from the storm. Toppled trees, street signs, and power cables are strewn across roads and pathways.

Donations can be sent to the SLC office and will be routed through a coordinated community effort or taken to Puerto Rico by Hector and his family.

All items collected will be sent to the effort. Donations can be arranged by emailing to appeal@lfcacademyutah.com.

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