GREENSBORO, N.C. - Samaritan's Purse plane brought more than thirty people to Greensboro on Friday. It was split between aid workers, returning home after spending weeks in the Caribbean helping people recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Puerto Ricans, native to the island, were also on the plane.
You could feel the relief once they landed -- in a place with clean water and electricity - after being without for more than a week.
“It’s real devastated...like right now, we don't have no lights we don't have no water, the lines for the gas station are like for hours, and the supermarket is also the same,” said Natalie Samalot.
Samalot is a single mother with a 6-year-old from Puerto Rico. She said with no job, and no resources and this plane was her only way out. Though she loves the island, she says things are not looking good there - and it will be in disrepair for months, maybe longer. So, she says her trip to the Triad could end up being a permanent stay.
“Actually, I think I'm going to stay here. Right now, I'm a single mom so I have to sacrifice for him,” said Samalot.
Aid workers with Samaritans Purse describe what they saw in Puerto Rico: entire areas wiped out or flooded, and powerlines and trees down across the island. It could take months for the power to be restored to all of Puerto Rico. Aid worker Shanna Carter says the capital of San Juan has a very long way to go.
“Some of the buildings were damaged, and outside of the city were the more residential areas, so you could see houses completely destroyed by Hurricane Maria,” said Carter.
Puerto Ricans who came Friday night have family in the Triad, so they will be staying with them. As for Samaritan's Purse, they've helped about 18-thousand families so far. The Christian organization has airlifted more than 300 tons of relief supplies to the Caribbean including generators, food and blankets.
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