Efforts to save lives in Puerto Rico continue in North Carolina

- The effort to save lives in Puerto Rico continues here in Charlotte.

"I’m just helping out. Been doing this for a couple of weekends now," Volunteer Jaquie Fennel said.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Society still collecting donations but also one step closer to getting them to the island.  So far they have been promised two planes on Tuesday.

Efforts back in Puerto Rico are a different story. Leaders on the mainland and the island arguing about what is being done or not done.

 "I don't have time for idle talk," San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz says she doesn't have time to respond to President Trump's criticism of her as showing "poor leadership.” “I don't have time for that, you know, I do my job and that's it. I really say, you say in Australia 'no worries'. I really don't worry about that. I'm worried about one thing, saving lives."

Cruz says she hopes the President will do his job when he visits on Tuesday.

"I hope that he has a chance to go into the areas that are the most devastated and i hope he has a chance to really look at people, look at people's faces. See them drinking from a creek and know that we may be small but we are great in valor," Mayor Cruz said.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Society says they won't stop helping until the island's power grid is fully restored.

"If you give up at least one weekend were you don't go out and donate that to Puerto Rico, we'll bring the island back to where it used to be," Fennel said.

They need more volunteers to pack these donations into boxes to get them ready.

You can go to http://www.prcsc.org/ to see how you can help. 

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