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Overwhelmed By The Response, Springfield Closes Hurricane Relief Donation Centers

City of Springfield, Office of the Mayor


              Overwhelmed by the amount of items donated as part of Hurricane Maria relief efforts, the city of Springfield Tuesday night abruptly shut down collection sites.

       Now, an appeal has gone out for volunteers to help sort and package the thousands of items for shipment to Puerto Rico.  

       WAMC’s  Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke this morning with Springfield City Councilor Adam Gomez, who is one of the directors of the Western Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico coalition.

      Volunteers can sign up through the coalition'sFacebook page.

      Donations are being encouraged to a relief fund set up at Freedom Credit Union.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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