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Delivering hope

A mother in Puerto Rico puts others’ needs above her own in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

For Mavel, the meaning of life can be summed up into one word: service. In the year since Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, Mavel and her daughter Ana have dedicated their time to serving their community despite having lost everything in the storm. Mavel says when you focus on helping others, you forget your own circumstances, even if only for a day. It’s no surprise to anyone that her wish is to help the community of Mayagüez continue to rebuild and thrive.

A group of UPS employees from Puerto Rico volunteered to spend the day making Mavel’s wish come true, and then some. The first delivery to Mavel was for her community. The UPS volunteers transformed a small warehouse in Mayagüez into a fully stocked and organized hub for supplies and aid. And while Mavel was hard at work with the volunteers at the warehouse, we sent a secret group of volunteers in trucks filled with furniture, decor and appliances to her unfurnished house. At the end of the day, Mavel returned to find her empty house transformed into a home.


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