With roughly 80 percent of homes in Puerto Rico still without power, Manheim Caribbean employees stepped up to cook and deliver meals and water to the devastated Puerto Rican community of Ingenio, Toa Baja. The employees at the auction, which is located in Ingenio, consider themselves part of the community - one of the hardest hit areas on the island. With floodwaters reaching the rooftops, the Manheim team organized and mobilized much needed food, water and essentials and began making daily deliveries to this town. These types of relief efforts continue more than six weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall as much of the island is still without power.
"We are working closely with a neighboring church and local leaders to help our community of Toa Baja,” said Manheim Puerto Rico General Manager Nelson Acosta. “As a company, we have a history of giving back and believe that every organization and person can make a difference when it comes to helping their communities."
Manheim's commitment to helping the people of Puerto Rico remains steady as they continue to schedule volunteers, cook food and deliver essential goods to the community on a daily basis. To date the team of 30 has delivered more than 850 meals and 41 gallons of water. These efforts, in conjunction with FEMA, are part of the larger, ongoing relief efforts that the U.S. Department is citing as the longest sustained relief aid air-drop in history.
"The desire and resilience of our people to continue to serve their community -- even as some still face hardship themselves -- is a testimony to what makes Cox Automotive special,” remarks President of Inventory Solutions Grace Huang. “We are proud of our team and their efforts to help those in need."