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Completed Short-term Relief Projects

Picture of a child hugging Santa Claus at the Christmas celebration at the Hospital: Clínica Multidisciplinaria del Desarrollo located in Naranjito, Puerto Rico.

A child hugs Santa at the Hospital: Clínica Multidisciplinaria del Desarrollo in Naranjito, Puerto Rico.

To date the UMass Lowell community has supported various efforts to provide short term relief including:

  • A supply drive coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Events and Hospitality in October 2017. The UMass Lowell community collected enough items to fill 50 boxes of supplies to Puerto Rico which were delivered directly to Barranquitas, Puerto Rico (a community heavily impacted by Hurricane Maria) on a FedEx plane. On the plane there were a total of 17 pallets and over 40,000 lbs. of supplies. UMass Lowell combined with other local churches and non-profits in the Boston area donated the supplies for this effort.
  • Rowdy Cares with Bears Stuffed Animal Drive 2017 coordinated by the Student Alumni Ambassadors. Students collected over 350 stuffed animals to give to children locally and in Puerto Rico. Boxes of stuffed animals were sent to the Hospital: Clínica Multidisciplinaria del Desarrollo located in Naranjito, Puerto Rico (a mountainous community devastated by Hurricane Maria).
  • The Board of Higher Education voted December 12, 2017 to allow students who relocated to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of Hurricane Maria to pay in-state tuition at UMass campuses.

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