In October, Egleston Main Street's Executive Director Luis Edgardo Cotto visited Puerto Rico to bring relief items after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Photos he took to document his trip and the destruction wrought by the hurricane are now on exhibit in a local restaurant. "Federico and I hope that these images will keep the ongoing plight of the island in people's minds and that efforts to assist continue," said Cotto to Jamaica Plain News. Photos in the exhibit were taken by Cotto and Federico Cintrón Moscoso, a professor at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras. The photos show the destruction of the immediate aftermath and provide scenes of hope months later on New Year's Eve. The photos were taken in the barrios of Santurce and Old San Juan in San Juan and in the mountain towns of Cidra and Adjuntas.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Puerto Rico, those who live here and those who are on the island, as they recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria. I am incredibly proud to share that we are stepping up as a city to support them in their time of need. Together with The Boston Foundation, we have established the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico fund, a fund that is dedicated to the relief and reconstruction of Puerto Rico and will support any Puerto Rican person arriving in Boston and the Commonwealth who have been impacted by Hurricane Maria. I encourage residents to visit https://tbf.org/puertorico to learn more about the fund. Together we are sharing the important message to the people of Puerto Rico that we are here to help, for as long as they need.
Luis Edgardo Cotto is going to Puerto Rico to help in relief efforts and bringing items to assist with longterm necessities such as clean water and electricity. Cotto, the executive director of Egleston Square Main Street, has opened up its office at the Egleston Square YMCA to receive donations. He has also created an online fundraising page. "My plan is to go to Puerto Rico to personally deliver (and install) solar lanterns, water filtration systems and 50w solar kits in the town of Cidra, Barrio of Montellano, Sector of La Bloquera," said Cotto to Jamaica Plain News. A sector is to Cidra what Egleston Square is to Boston -- a neighborhood.