Originally posted on Thursday night. Updated on Friday morning at 10:45 a.m.
FRAMINGHAM – Looking to support those still dealing with the aftermath of the one-two hurricane punch of Irma and Maria, Framingham residents gathered on the steps of the Memorial Building tonight, November 30, to raise the Puerto Rican flag in solidarity.
Scores of resients from Framingham attended the event.
Organizers included President of Union Latina de Framingham Sylvia Ruiz and District 9 City-Councilor elect Edgardo Torres.
In attendance was State sen. Karen Spilka, State Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, and Framingham Selectmen Chair Cheryl Tully Stoll.
Also in attendance was councilors elect Dennis Giombetti, Adain Steiner, George King, Judy Grove, Mike Cannon and Margareth Shepard, and School Committee elect members Adam Freudberg, Beverly Hugo, and Gloria Pascual.
The flag will fly over the Memorial Building for a week, said Ruiz.
Ruiz and Torres earlier held drives of donations to help those on the island. Cristina Sandanza-Donovan, an employee of the Framingham Public Schools, also conducted a drive in Framingham, as did several Framingham firefighters.
Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, which is headquartered in Framingham, left for Puerto Rico with members of the Massachusetts National Guard, also located in Framingham, with more than 800 pallets of supplies for those still on the island. At one point 90 percent of the island, which is a U.S. territory, was without power.
Photos submitted to Source courtesy of Ruiz