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Ibero calls for volunteer help after its successful clothing drive

Dec 15, 2017

The Ibero American Action League says its recent clothing drive was such a success, they need volunteers to help sort and store all the clothes.

"It has been an overwhelming response by the community, as far as giving us clothing for the families that have come here from Puerto Rico. We actually had a tractor-trailer that came, full of clothing," said Tricia Cruz-Irving, Director of Development and Communications.  "We really have an urgent need for volunteers to help us sort the clothing to store it into boxes so then we can distribute these items to the families that are here."

Cruz-Irving suggests people form volunteer groups and choose a day and time that works best for them and their schedule.

Much of the clothing that has been collected is for winter, which is something new for those relocating from Puerto Rico.

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"It's so important that we get volunteers right away so that we can get these clothes to these families as soon as possible. And when you talk about people from Puerto Rico coming here and dealing with this winter, this is new to them.  And it doesn't just take a physical toll on them, it also takes an emotional toll because they're not used to this kind of cold," she said.

People interested in helping sort and store the clothing should contact Ibero at information@iaal.org.

Cruz-Irving adds they are in need of storage boxes, as well.

Meanwhile, Ibero is hosting a Housing Fair Saturday for Hurricane Maria families.

Rochester Housing Authority representatives will be on hand for the event, tomorrow, from 10am to 1pm at 938 Clifford Avenue.