Mansfield, P.A. (WENY) - On Wednesday, Edgard Domenech, the Mail Services Coordinator at Mansfield University, will lead thirteen students to his hometown of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to assist those affected by Hurricane Maria. Domenech says, "I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, you know. It's something, I've been here so long, it's something I want to do for the people there and it's also going to be a great experience for these kids to go and just to help a little because there is still a need for help down there."
The students were picked from a campus wide selection process.
The team will help out in a number of different ways, including cleanup efforts with the Mayor's Office and a local covenant as well as installing water filtration systems for the city.
The mission will also give the students a cultural experience. Katelyn Blake, a freshman at Mansfield University, says, "I've actually never been to Puerto Rico before so I was super excited to go somewhere new and learn some new things about different cultures."
Domenech is overjoyed by the effort being made by the students. He says, "I am very proud of them. I am proud of them giving up their winter break. They're probably able to do something different and they're giving their time and spend a whole week doing community service, so it does mean a lot to me."
Domenech and the students will head to New York City Tuesday night, as they get ready to leave for Puerto Rico Wednesday morning from JFK Airport.