Local bowling alley holding fundraiser for Puerto Rico

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Six 24-foot box trucks were packed with donated supplies during the "Blessings for Puerto Rico" drive Sunday.

Almost 10 percent of the medicines used by Americans, plus numerous medical devices, are made in Puerto Rico, which lost most electricity when it was hit hard by Hurricane Maria about two weeks ago.

On Saturday dozens helped pack the goods, and prepare them to be shipped to Puerto Rico.

The medical products industry, which set up a large base in Puerto Rico decades ago to take advantage of since-expired tax advantages, is key to the financial health of the debt-laden territory.

The islands were devastated by Hurricanes Maria and Irma with countless homes destroyed, the power grid leveled and millions struggling to obtain food and water.

Others include the University of Central Florida, Valencia College and Seminole State College in the Orlando area.

"They need our help", said Lutenant Luis Cruiz. "We became police officers to help people".

Governor Christie said. "Their experience should prove invaluable to Puerto Rico and we wish them well on their mission".

"We are using federal grants for the deployment so that there is no impact to Jersey City tax payers, but at the same, time we can continue to be supportive", Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said. She also vocalized the idea of efforts moving beyond isolated fundraisers and events of cultural organizations and towards a more unified effort from FSU. Recovery may be a long and hard process, but with a united mentality, Curbelo affirms that we can "restore Puerto Rico to the lovely island it is".

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