YONKERS, NY — December 9, 2017 — The International Association of Fire Fighters – Yonkers Firefighters Union Local 628, have been instrumental in Afya’s relief efforts to and on the islands. In the weeks following Hurricanes Maria and Irma, they purchased urgently needed supplies such as Ensure and Pedialyte, among others. The supplies, delivered to Afya’s warehouse, were presented in style, a shiny red fire engine, wee subsequently packed for delivery, reaching assisted care facilities, hospitals, and homeless shelters. Yonkers Fire Fighters presented Afya with a check for $10,000 to support their on-going efforts on Friday, December 8, 2017.
The Afya Foundation has been a steady responder to the Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. In just 6 weeks, Afya has packed over 25 flights, with nearly to 100,000 pounds of medical supplies and medications for distribution on the islands.
In partnership with their long-time supporters at the Greater New York Hospital Association and the NYC Emergency Management Department, Afya collected critical medication and supplies for distribution. These crucial materials, in conjunction with products contributed by long-standing hospital partners like Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY-Presbyterian, and Montefiore Medical Center, have been delivered to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas on flights supported by generous donations from the Jewish Federations of North America and UJA Federation of NY. A partnership with the good offices of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has further allowed the coordination of shipment logistics and donation referrals to Afya.