Organizations ready to help Puerto Ricans arriving stateside after Hurricane Maria

A growing number of Puerto Ricans are coming stateside following Hurricane Maria, including to South Florida.  

It's with that in mind that local groups are teaming up to make sure those in need get the help they need in the U.S.

A disaster relief center opened Tuesday on the fourth floor of Concourse J at Miami International Airport.

It's made up of a number of organizations, including FEMA, the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities. 

The Borinquen Medical Center of Miami is among the groups welcoming passengers and helping them start the application process for assistance.

Part of that help is medical attention, and more and more Puerto Ricans are arriving in South Florida in hopes of seeing a doctor.

In some cases, they need medication that's difficult to fill right now on the island. 

"There might be some patients who have chronic diseases, such hypertension or diabetes, and who may have lost their medication, and we're there to assist them, as well," Deborah Gracia, of the Boriquen Medical Center, said.

"We do have relief efforts, and they can come to any of our 11 centers to provide any time of relief they want," Paul Velez added.

Over at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Spirit Airlines is expecting another relief flight from Aguadilla, a city to the west of San Juan.

The airline transported supplies on one of its plane Friday, and on the return flight, they brought back more than 100 displaced residents. 

For a number of families, the reunion at the airport was the first time they'd heard from loved ones since Hurricane Irma. 

Spirit Flight 8002 is scheduled to land at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.  

It'll have more than 200 residents and will have delivered another 27,000 pounds of relief supplies to Puerto Rico. 

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