Wilton couple continues efforts to bring relief to Puerto Rico

Courtesy photo The first people to receive water filters that Limary Lorenzo and her husband, Luis Vega, sent down to Puerto Rico. Those receiving the filters were also educated on how to properly use them.

WILTON – Hurricane Maria’s path of destruction throughout Puerto Rico is still making international headlines. As of Oct. 26, the Department of Energy estimates roughly 70 percent of the island is still without power.

For one Wilton couple it isn’t just a far away island getaway devastated by a strong storm.

Limary Lorenzo and her husband, Luis Vega, sought to set up collection sites in a relief effort for their former homeland. More than one month later, the couple is moving into the third phase of their plan – collecting cash or check donations at a benefit concert.

“This is a free event, we’re just asking for those who can to donate something,” Lorenzo said.

They’re asking for cash or checks to be made out at the concert so that they can then gather all the money together to purchase needed resources to send down to Puerto Rico directly.

The concert is presented by High Mowing School as part of their “Music on the Hill Concert Series” and will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Pine Hill Auditorium (77 Pine Hill Dr., Wilton). Music teacher Andrew Koutroubas leads the concert series.

Lorenzo said the committed performers are Frank Wallace, Nancy Knowles, Gene Faxon, Eve Kodiak and Sharon Dowling. Performances will include voice and guitar, voice and piano, cello and piano, piano solo, celtic harp solo and celtic harp and cello.

After the concert, attendees will have the opportunity to gather together to enjoy soup, cheeses, fruits and breads, and learn more about the project and how they’re able to help people directly.

“This is an opportunity for people to talk with us and get to know each other while learning how we all can help, as well as learn more about the situation at this time,” Lorenzo said. “It’s a good opportunity to talk about it all while enjoying music and food.”

At the event, Lorenzo will also have pictures available for attendees to see how people have already been helped by their efforts so far.

“We’re going to have photos of people who got a water filter,” she said, “so people know we are directly working with people.”

So far, the couple has sent 30 community water filters and 200 pounds of resources, including non-perishable food items, first aid medicine and baby items.

“After the concert we are going to count the money and organize how we are going to use it,” Lorenzo said.

The current plan is to divide the majority of concert money raised between purchasing more community water filters and more non-perishable foods. She said some money will also be given to a school in Puerto Rico.

Once all the money is accounted for, and the plan to best utilize the funds is in place, a friend of Lorenzo’s will travel to the island with the resources in a couple of weeks to disperse the collections.

“She is going to buy supplies and bring all the things with her,” Lorenzo said.

People are already benefiting from the couple’s efforts. As Lorenzo and Vega continue to collect cash and check donations they hope to continue helping people struggling as a result of the hurricane’s aftermath.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.