Nashville Man Helping His Homeland; Flying Supplies To Puerto Rico

Posted at 6:28 AM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 13:27:08-04

Nearly one year after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, families are still struggling. Now, one Nashville man is determined to help his homeland. 

When you mention Puerto Rico, Jean-Michael Vissepó's face lights up. But make mention of hurricane Maria, and he still remembers feelings of uncertainty and fear.  

"It was a dark tunnel and you couldn't see the end," he said. 

At the time, Vissepó says he felt helpless.

"That I was not able to help them," he said.

Now, months later, he's taking control back. Bringing critical supplies, like water and seeds, to people still struggling -- many still without power.

"My partner and I got together and we started a project called Nashville for Puerto Rico," he said. 

The project has raised money by planning events all around Nashville and launching a GoFundMe campaign. Now he's traveling back to Puerto Rico to help buy school supplies for kids with the money raised. 

"Go directly to kids in the mountain communities, the secluded beach communities," he said. 

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