For the fifth year in a row, the Puerto Rico Cambia youth organization celebrated its traditional “Giving Hope Route” with the purpose of giving thanksgiving dinner to low-income families.
“We came to the municipalities of Rincón, Lajas and Cabo Rojo with a small party and a Thanksgiving dinner for low-income families,” said Jorge E. Pagán, executive director.
Pagán reported that “this is the activity most awaited by our team, in fact it is the activity with the highest participation of volunteers, however, this year we had to limit ourselves to just taking a small group, dividing ourselves into teams and doing the route in a single day. “
About 15 volunteers from the entity were divided into small groups to be able to make the community impact in a safe way due to the pandemic.
“The pandemic should not be an excuse for NOT serving the community. We have taken all measures so that our team is safe as well as the impacted families. All volunteers were tested for Covid-19 one day before the event and another will be carried out in the coming days, ”Pagán said.
For his part, Kristopher Marrero, community administrator of the organization, said:
“We are experiencing challenging times, which motivate us all to get out of our comfort zone. Today it was shocking to see how in the midst of the physical distancing that we live and the moments of uncertainty, we managed to give hope and joy, ”said Marrero.
Marrero pointed out “being able to see people’s smiles through their eyes is without a doubt my greatest gratitude for these days of reflection.”
Jarelly Rosario, who is a volunteer for the entity and part of the community committee, highlighted:
“It is the first time I have participated in this event. Without a doubt it is gratifying to be able in the midst of everything to contribute so that families can enjoy their dinner and give thanks for life. “
Rosario highlighted the visit to two families that all had Covid-19. “Within today’s tour, we had two families that have been affected by the pandemic. From the outside, our team gave them their purchase and their little party. “
The Giving Hope Route has impacted hundreds of families in the municipalities of: Corozal, Naranjito, Comerio, Caguas, Las Piedras, Rio Grande, Adjuntas, Hatillo, Camuy, Utuado, Arecibo, Maricao, San German and Sabana Grande
“I remember that in 2016 on this first route we had a family who told us that their grandchildren went to the school turkey race to try to win it and if they couldn’t, they would buy a whole chicken for the children to return to. classrooms the following week they could say that they could eat something on Thanksgiving day, ”said the entity’s executive director.
“I never imagined that in Puerto Rico there were families that could not celebrate this day. From then on I have not been able to celebrate a Thanksgiving day in which I cannot at least bless families so that they can have that meal that day, “he said.
“We thank the Goya Puerto Rico family for their contribution with the purchases for the families, the Caparra Principal Laboratory for conducting the Covid-19 tests and ICPR Junior College, for believing in our projects,” concluded Pagán.
Puerto Rico’s work schedule Changes this year due to the pandemic has had to be adjusted and initiatives such as: virtual concerts for the benefit of its followers, activities in car service and the debate of the candidates for governor called by young people have been able to work .