The Distribution Center Aids Puerto Rico

Marissa Wells

The Distribution Center Aids Puerto Rico


On Tuesday, December 13, staff and volunteers of A New Way of Life’s (ANWOL) Household Goods Distribution Center loaded a 18-wheeler truck with items to donate to the families in Puerto Rico that were devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria. The island continues to experience a humanitarian crisis and is in desperate need for resources and supplies.

Staff and volunteers of the Distribution Center

It is no surprise that this program would come to the aid of the thousands of families experiencing loss following the hurricanes. The Household Goods Distribution Center, one of ANWOL’s many programs, has a history of providing essential goods and supplies to those who are in need of basic necessities so that they can begin again.

“I was really excited when I found out that we would be donating items. My crew and staff members were anxious to pitch in and prepare the items to be sent out,” said Linda, the Distribution Center Lead Coordinator.

Linda, the Distribution Center Lead Coordinator

Each day the center helps furnish the new homes of individuals who are formerly incarcerated or who are working to recover from homelessness.  The center receives regular donations of high quality goods from retailers like Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Regular items include vacuums, toasters, lamps, space heaters, trash cans, pots, pans and more.

A few of the organizations that frequent the center are the Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Homeboy’s Industry, Volunteers of America Greater Los Angeles, and the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC).

Volunteers of ANWOL play an active role in transporting, stocking and distributing items through an organized, cost effective and well-managed operation.

The donated items to Puerto Rico consist of bedding materials such as pillows, blankets, air mattresses, mattress pads, and memory foam mattresses. Baby items like high chairs, play pens, swings and more were also donated.

“It felt great to reach out and touch people in Puerto Rico from where I’m at in L.A.,” said Rodney, Distribution Center Coordinator.  “Sometimes you feel like, ‘What can I do?,’ so for that to happen right here at my job was a touching thing.”

As the island continues to recover from the disaster ANWOL is proud to be able to help families across the country in need of relief.

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