Hartford woman collects thousands of donations for Puerto Rico

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HARTFORD -- Yomari Soler-Velez was born in Hartford but is of Puerto Rican descent.

She decided to jump into action once she heard how devastated the island was after Hurricane Maria.

Soler-Velez took to social media to ask for donations for hurricane victims.

In a span of just two weeks, Soler-Velez managed to acquire thousands of food items, water and other supplies for the victims.

"We were all excited, crying, laughing," says Soler-Velez. "We had a wonderful time because we all came together. And we knew that we were doing something to help."

About a hundred volunteers helped load the items on a truck which will be sent to New York. From there the items will be placed on a plane to Puerto Rico.