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For Immediate Release:
October 12, 2017
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Mia DeVane
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Commissioner Levine Cava joins humanitarian relief efforts to deliver much needed supplies to Puerto Rico

Commissioner Cava joins teams of healthcare professionals in providing aid and evacuation of children and elders


MIAMI-DADE – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava yesterday joined in the Puerto Rico humanitarian relief efforts by delivering 16,000 pounds of life-saving medical supplies, water, and toys for hospitalized children.

The Commissioner traveled to the hurricane-ravaged island alongside a team of healthcare professionals from Baptist Health South Florida as well as representatives from Hasbro, the toy company, and The Hassenfeld Family Initiatives, a philanthropic foundation that sponsored the flight.

The team met with First Lady Beatriz Areizaga, visited a hospital in San Juan where they distributed the supplies and assisted with the medical evacuation of 30 children and elders.

“It was heartbreaking to see firsthand the conditions Puerto Ricans continue to endure three-weeks after Hurricane Maria. I traveled today to the island to lend a hand to a community that is hurting, to better understand how we can help Puerto Rico recover, and to best prepare for the arrival of our sisters and brothers seeking safety and comfort in our county,” said Commissioner Levine Cava.

As Miami-Dade County begins to see an influx of Puerto Rican families requiring assistance in meeting basic needs such as housing, food, clothing, schooling and health care, Commissioner Levine Cava is committed to working with the Mayor and her colleagues to properly provide transition services.