3 Months After Maria, Westporters Remember Puerto Rico

With so much bad news swirling around, it’s easy to forget Hurricane Maria.

But Lillian Davis and Elida Gollomp can’t.

The Westport women are natives of the island that suffered enormous devastation in September.  Their family and friends still struggle — without water and electricity — 3 months later.

They and their daughters Alexa Davis and Bella Gollomp — both 2015 Staples High School graduates — organized an all-day sales event last Saturday. Scout & Molly’s hosted the shopping/food/auction/raffle fundraiser.

Lillian Davis (left) and Elida Gollomp, at last weekend’s Scout & Molly’s fundraiser.

Lillian and Elida have partnered with the Puerto Rico Relief Center in Bridgeport. The non-profit works with businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations in the area to welcome and assist the many people leaving the island, and settling here.

Last Saturday was a great day. But donations are still needed. Checks made out to “Career Resources, Inc.” — with “Puerto Rico Relief Center” on the memo line — can be sent to Elida Gollomp, 2 Smoky Lane, Westport, CT 06880.

Lillian and Elida will deliver them personally to Bridgeport — where they are volunteering with the much-needed relief efforts.

3 responses to “3 Months After Maria, Westporters Remember Puerto Rico

  1. Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

    Americans have decided to remember sexual misconduct and at the same time decided to forget Puerto Rico. There is such a thing as multi-tasking. There is also such a thing as principled leadership on behalf of government.

  2. Is there a need for donated women’s clothing? I’ve been saving bags for the relief effort – I just need to know where to bring them.

  3. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    I am delighted to see that some are remembering Puerto Rico. I feel as if they have been abandoned on a national level. Thank you for caring. Thank you Lillian and Elida.