Facebook challenge nets batteries and water for Puerto Rico
By Linda Green

Valerie Marshall, Kimberly Usry, Angel Maestre and Amy Lawrence stand with cases of water and batteries bound for Puerto Rico, especially Caguas in Central Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria.
A Facebook challenge to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island resulted in Thomson residents and their friends collecting more than 1,000 batteries and more than 100 cases of water for the island.
The Coolie Myrick Foundation challenged and tagged members of the community to donate packs of batteries to help the storm-ravaged island that was left in the dark. The Sept. 20 hurricane left thousands homeless and plunged more than 1 million residents into darkness, some of whom remain without power today.
The batteries and water drive was initiated in October by Thomson’s Coolie Myrick, who has personal connections to Puerto Rico.
“I started the drive because I have strong ties to the island, and after speaking with them and watching the news, I felt that were not getting the support they deserved,” Myrick said.
He thought about what could be done and through a network of people in Thomson, the drive began and spread across Facebook.
“My heart is forever with the struggle because I am a product of it,” Myrick said. “I ask myself in every situation where people are in need and what I can do.”
Myrick does not let being incarcerated stop him. He calls on friends to assist in outreach endeavors.
“I’m still confined, but I still have a voice. I reached out to my team and shared the thought.”
The team also included his daughter Dee Hester, who collected five cases of water from her Laney High School friends.
The idea for batteries and water to Puerto Rico was launched and then a partnership with Centro Cristiano Oasis in Augusta was established to get the items to Puerto Rico, specifically Caguas in Central Puerto Rico which was devastated by the hurricane. The church has a direct line to Puerto Rico in that the pastor’s sister-in-law serves a church in Caguas.
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the Dec. 28, 2017, issue of The McDuffie Progress. To have The McDuffie Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe. Or, follow the link on our home page to subscribe.





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