Seeing debris strewn along the streets of Pine Island, FL a month still after Hurricane Ian, a Category 4 Hurricane, struck, it is plain to see that cleanup efforts will take time. Looking at her home, resident Lluvia Rosales explains that her roof gave in in certain parts of her home, and that her “kid’s clothes, I had to throw away.”
But, when Tzu Chi volunteers hosted an emergency financial aid distribution on October 29, 2022, residents like Lluvia can breathe a sigh of relief. She’s one of many Pine Island residents and care recipients to receive a cash card from Tzu Chi, loaded with anywhere from $800 to $1,200. Of the help, she says, “we’re blessed because in a hard situation, you encounter people that you never imagined. There is the light at the end of the tunnel.”
See how Tzu Chi Relief is making a difference in our latest video. Plus, catch up on all our Hurricane Ian relief efforts at tzuchi.us/IanRelief.