Rotarians Seek Donations For Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

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Rotary District 7910, which covers Central Massachusetts and Metrowest with a motto of “service above self,” is seeking your donations for a hurricane-relief drive to support victims of Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico last September 20. The drive targets Moca, a municipality in the northwest corner of the island that was one of the hardest-hit areas of the nearly-Category 5 hurricane. The four relief areas for which community donations are being sought are flu and tetanus vaccinations, shelter-restoration supplies, toys for children, and food and clean-water supplies.

District 7910 has kicked-off this fundraising effort by providing a $25,000 grant to supplement another $25,000 in donations being collected by Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs in Central Mass. and Metrowest. The $25,000 grant is enabled by The Rotary Foundation, one of the highest-rated organizations by Charity Navigator, whose mission is to “do good in the world” through the more than 1.5 million Rotarians around the world.

“One-hundred percent of the funds raised for these hurricane-relief efforts will be overseen by the Rotary Club of Moca, to purchase and distribute supplies and administer vaccines for disease prevention to those families in need,” states Karin Gaffney, 2017-2018 governor of District 7910.

To donate to the Moca hurricane-relief effort, make your check payable to “Rotary District 7910 Charity Fund.” On the check’s memo line, note that the donation is for “Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico.” Mail your check to: Past District Governor James Fusco, 192 Bridle Cross Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420