When League Member Myriam Velez met with the staff at the Puerto Rico Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Broward, she was exploring how we can help register to vote people who are moving here after the devastatation of Hurricane Maria. (As US citizens, they can register as soon as they establish residency.)
But first, Velez wanted to offer help.
What do you need? she asked. The answer was immediate: Mosquito spray, a much-needed item not being supplied by most aid organizations.
Within a week, Velez was dropping off three big boxes, each containing 12 dozen bottles of mosquito repellent, each containing a personal note from the League member, each labeled with a big LWV sticker. At the collection point manned by the Puerto Rico Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, they were thrilled that the League’s donation was boxed and ready to load.
Velez wouldn’t have had so many bottles of bug spray if it weren’t for the help of a generous store manager at the Lowe’s in Pembroke Pines.
At the store, Velez asked to speak to the manager, hoping she could get perhaps a 10% discount if she bought repellent in bulk. Instead, Store Manager Charles Kettel gave her 120 bottles of repellent worth $250 and asked her to pay only $50.88. Her friends also contributed two dozen bottles.
Days later, members of the Gun Safety action team chipped in to contribute to the cause.
“Mission accomplished,” Myriam Velez reports.