Puerto Rico teenager delivers solar lamps to victims of Hurrican - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Puerto Rico teenager delivers solar lamps to victims of Hurricane Maria

Posted: Updated:
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -

It's been four months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. People are still struggling in the wake of the storm, and one teenager is doing what he can to help.

15-year-old Salvador Gomez Colon raised about $124,000 through a crowd funding campaign, and used the money to distribute solar lamps, phone chargers and hand-operated washing machines to the people of Puerto Rico, according to CNN Money

After the storm hit, Gomez Colon knew he needed to help, but wanted to focus his efforts on getting people what they needed, beyond food and money.

“The first idea that came to mind was about light. Thousands and thousands of families don’t have power and light. It’s a safety and public health issue,” Gomez Colon told Teen Vogue.

PBS NewsHour reports that, as of late January, 450,000 electricity customers on the island are without power.

Gomez Colon started his online fundraiser back in September and had raised $14,000 in its first day. At last check, he had surpassed his initial $100,000 goal by $24,000. Now he travels around the island with family and friends to personally deliver the lamps and washing machines to people in need. So far he has helped more than 800 households and still has more deliveries to make.

If you'd like to donate to Gomez Colon's campaign, you can do so here: https://www.generosity.com/emergencies-fundraising/light-and-hope-for-puerto-rico-a-citizen-campaign

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Coeur d’ Alene woman dies after driving car into Fernan Lake

    Coeur d’ Alene woman dies after driving car into Fernan Lake

    Monday, April 23 2018 1:41 PM EDT2018-04-23 17:41:13 GMT

    On Sunday at about 3:22 p.m., the Kootenai County Sheriff’s 911 Center received multiple calls after a car crashed into Fernan Lake, just east of Coeur d' Alene. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue and Kootenai County EMS responded to the 4800 Block of E. Fernan Lake Road. Emergency Public Safety Divers from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Dive Rescue Team were paged to the scene and about 27 minutes after the first 911 call,...

    >>

    On Sunday at about 3:22 p.m., the Kootenai County Sheriff’s 911 Center received multiple calls after a car crashed into Fernan Lake, just east of Coeur d' Alene. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue and Kootenai County EMS responded to the 4800 Block of E. Fernan Lake Road. Emergency Public Safety Divers from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Dive Rescue Team were paged to the scene and about 27 minutes after the first 911 call,...

    >>
  • Spokane Japanese restaurant destroyed in early morning fire

    Spokane Japanese restaurant destroyed in early morning fire

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:21 PM EDT2018-04-23 00:21:59 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane firefighters say the iconic Shogun restaurant on E. 3rd Ave. appears to be a total loss after an early morning fire destroyed the building. First arriving companies found heavy fire coming through the roof of the Shogun Restaurant and immediately began to attack the fire. Despite attempts to enter the building, they were quickly forced out due to deteriorating conditions above them.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane firefighters say the iconic Shogun restaurant on E. 3rd Ave. appears to be a total loss after an early morning fire destroyed the building. First arriving companies found heavy fire coming through the roof of the Shogun Restaurant and immediately began to attack the fire. Despite attempts to enter the building, they were quickly forced out due to deteriorating conditions above them.

    >>
  • 9-year-old boy dies in ATV crash near Boulder

    9-year-old boy dies in ATV crash near Boulder

    Monday, April 23 2018 10:54 AM EDT2018-04-23 14:54:28 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 9-year-old boy died in an all-terrain vehicle crash on a rural road north of Boulder over the weekend.   The Montana Highway Patrol says the ATV went off Sloans Lane early Sunday afternoon and tipped onto its side. The boy was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.   His name has not been released.

    >>

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 9-year-old boy died in an all-terrain vehicle crash on a rural road north of Boulder over the weekend.   The Montana Highway Patrol says the ATV went off Sloans Lane early Sunday afternoon and tipped onto its side. The boy was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.   His name has not been released.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Texas man sentenced to 50 years for $1.2M theft of fajitas

    Texas man sentenced to 50 years for $1.2M theft of fajitas

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:17 PM EDT2018-04-24 01:17:54 GMT

    BROWNESVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years.    Fifty-three-year-old Gilberto Escamilla was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to theft by a public servant. The Brownsville Herald reports he told the court the fajita scheme spun out of control.

    >>

    BROWNESVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years.    Fifty-three-year-old Gilberto Escamilla was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to theft by a public servant. The Brownsville Herald reports he told the court the fajita scheme spun out of control.

    >>
  • Deputy: Man threw exercise weight, fatally striking girl,2

    Deputy: Man threw exercise weight, fatally striking girl,2

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:12 PM EDT2018-04-24 01:12:27 GMT

    BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a man who had been arguing with a woman in Alabama threw an exercise weight through a car window, striking and fatally injuring their 2-year-old daughter.    Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Randy Christian tells AL.com that deputies responded to a domestic violence report Saturday and found Laila Reid unresponsive with injuries to the head and face.

    >>

    BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a man who had been arguing with a woman in Alabama threw an exercise weight through a car window, striking and fatally injuring their 2-year-old daughter.    Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Randy Christian tells AL.com that deputies responded to a domestic violence report Saturday and found Laila Reid unresponsive with injuries to the head and face.

    >>
  • Mistrial declared for border agent charged with killing teen

    Mistrial declared for border agent charged with killing teen

    Monday, April 23 2018 8:27 PM EDT2018-04-24 00:27:41 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) - A judge in Arizona has declared a mistrial in the case of a U.S. Border Patrol agent after a jury acquitted him of a second-degree murder charge in the killing of a teenager but deadlocked on lesser counts of manslaughter. 

    >>

    PHOENIX (AP) - A judge in Arizona has declared a mistrial in the case of a U.S. Border Patrol agent after a jury acquitted him of a second-degree murder charge in the killing of a teenager but deadlocked on lesser counts of manslaughter. 

    >>