Local company with ties to Puerto Rico hosts donation drive

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – Vivint Smart Home is collecting emergency donations from the community. Bottled water, diapers, food and other items that will fill a dire need in Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Maria devastated the island more than a week ago, and the mayor of San Juan says it's a humanitarian crisis.

"This is a people are dying story. This is a life or death story," said Mayor Carmen Yulin.

The images are horrifying. Millions are still without power, and some areas are in desperate need of aid.

For Vivint Smart Home Senior VP of Sales Jason Brown, these are the streets he once walked and created lasting friendships on while on assignment with the company.

"Really just got to know the people, love the culture, and so it's been really hard to see what they are going through down there," said Brown.

The company is full of employees with ties to the area. That's why they are coming together to host a Puerto Rico hurricane relief drive.

"We have quite a few connections to Puerto Rico and the citizens there, so as Hurricane Maria hit we knew we needed to do something to help, and we wanted to help in a big way," said Vivint Gives Back, Director Holly Mero-Bench.

Vivint is using those connections to get donations shipped to where they are needed most for free. They are able to take anything the community gives, and already, Utahns have responded.

"It's been really cool to see, just people step up to the plate and help in any way they can," Brown said.

They are collecting donations until 5pm Friday, then again on Saturday from 9am to 2pm at the Lehi and Provo locations.

They are also accepting cash donations.



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