by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 06, 2017

On Thursday the city of Houston sent a plane with more than 55 pallets of aid supplies to Puerto Rico. Organized by local Realtor Bill Baldwin, Mayor Sylvester Turner, city council members, the Houston Astros, Houston Relief Hub, United Airlines, and the Texas United for Puerto Rico group, the donations came from Houstonians wanting to help their counterparts in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria. The aim is to distribute the supplies as equitably as possible to the areas most in need.

Houston Relief Hub was created to provide a short-term central hub for donations and distribution after Hurricane Harvey dumped more than four feet of rain on the Houston area in August.

Some Houston City Council members traveled with medical supplies, food and more to help with the distribution. According to the Houston Chronicle, several patients were scheduled to return to Houston for treatment at the Texas Medical Center, and some Houstonians with ties to Puerto Rico took the flight to check on family members. The plane was scheduled to return to Houston this morning.