Fayetteville organization mobilizes to send food and water to Puerto Rico

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A Fayetteville group readies relief supplies for Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Maria left massive destruction across Puerto Rico and the island's governor has warned of a humanitarian crisis.

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One Fayetteville organization is stepping up and sending relief to people living on the Caribbean island struggling to get back on their feet.

Inside the walls of the Renew Counseling Center, an operation is underway. Volunteers have gathered to separate goods that will be sent to Puerto Rico.

"I consider this a hub for the Hispanic community in Fayetteville," said CEO of Renew Counseling Center, Norma Negron. "We were just dumbfounded. We sat and looked at each other and thought, 'what are we going to do? How can we help?'"



Negron told ABC11 it all started with a Facebook post and from there, people showed up and out in large numbers to donate to the cause.

"We are trying to help my people because they need us," said Lisette Crespo, office manager at Renew Counseling. "I'm trying to be strong because I know they need me, and I'm trying to be strong for them but it's very hard."

Organizers said many have donated. Among those is Tary Pizarro.

"Hurricane Maria has beaten up my island and my people are hurting, so we need to send as much help as we can," Pizarro said.

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