Some of our employees in Puerto Rico helped the Salvation Army provide aid to residents Wednesday (2/14) – assistance made possible in part by the generosity of PPL employees here in Pennsylvania.

A fundraising campaign to support the Salvation Army’s Hurricane Maria relief efforts raised $11,005 between Jan. 29 and Feb. 9, beating its goal of $10,000. LEAD, PPL’s business resource group for Latino employees, sponsored the campaign.

“I want to personally thank everyone who supported our campaign,” said Chris Cardenas, Customer Services vice president for PPL Electric Utilities and executive sponsor of LEAD. “The damage and suffering in Puerto Rico are still widespread. Our donations will make a real difference in the lives of people who still need food, water, shelter and supplies.”

Cardenas noted that the Salvation Army has had a positive presence in Puerto Rico for more than 50 years and has a warehouse of supplies in the Caguas area, where PPL Electric Utilities’ crews are working. The Salvation Army will take no administrative costs from the donations: 100 percent of disaster donations will go to the people affected.

On Valentine’s Day, a few of our 37 employees in Puerto Rico took a brief break from storm restoration duty to load food and water onto a truck at the Salvation Army’s warehouse. The supplies were then delivered in the Caguas area, where residents enthusiastically welcomed them.

“The people of Puerto Rico very much appreciate our help in restoring electric service – and the aid we are providing while they wait for life to return to normal,” said Regional Affairs Director Tracie Witter, who is in Caguas. “Our employees’ generous donations will be put to good use in helping the people of this still-recovering island.”