WESTFIELD – The Westfield Spanish American Association (WSAA) is making an effort to help loved ones, friends, and other people that are suffering in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria.
On Tuesday, WSAA will be hosting a public meeting at 6 p.m. at the Horace Mann Center on the Westfield State University campus.
Reported by the Westfield News on Sept. 22, WSAA held their first meeting, which was just for committee members, to discuss what they plan to do to help those in Puerto Rico. The meeting on Tuesday will not only be open to the public, but also any city officials and politicians who want to participate in this effort.
According to Eddie Diaz, a member of WSAA, a number of politicians are expected to be involved with this effort. Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan, Rep. John Velis, Sen. Don Humason, and a member of the Hampden County Sherriff’s Department are all expected to be in attendance at the meeting. Diaz also said that other officials including Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni have expressed support for WSAA’s movement.
“We really got a beautiful response to our efforts,” said Diaz. “We’re certainly moving forward.”
Diaz and the rest of WSAA are hoping for a great public turnout as they want as many people as possible to show up to help the organization improve the plan to help those in need in Puerto Rico.
“It creates awareness,” said Diaz. “It’s hit home for a lot of people here in this community.”
For more updates on this plan to help with the Hurricane Maria efforts, visit the WSAA Facebook page.