Coatesville Police Officer Jose Colon and his son hand-delivered donations to Puerto Rico residents following its devastating hurricane, writes Ginger Dunbar for Daily Local News.
Prior to the trip, Colon had the idea to set up a bin in the police station lobby to collect donations as part of the Puerto Rico hurricane relief. He asked Coatesville Police Chief John ‘Jack’ Laufer and Sergeant Rodger Ollis for permission and they agreed. They also used the department’s social media pages to spread the word about the donation bin to the public.
The response was overwhelming, and they soon needed to borrow warehouse space to cope with the 90,000 pounds of donated items.
“So many people helped along the way,” said Colon.
The donations filled a 45-foot long container that was shipped for Puerto Rico. Colon and his son followed to sort the supplies into various piles, including hygiene products, food, and water.
“It meant a lot to me just to be there and know that we made a difference in somebody’s life,” said Colon.
For his efforts, Colin was presented with the “You Made a Difference” award and a recognition letter from Laufer.
Read more about the father and son effort at Daily Local News here.