Esteban Valdez

Esteban Valdez

It’s been four months since Hurricane Maria destroyed much of Puerto Rico.

But many of the residents there still need help, and a local student has answered the call.

Esteban Valdez, a Boy Scout for Troop 612 Longhorn Council, is seeking money for an Eagle Scout project to help rebuild various neighborhoods in Puerto Rico. Valdez, a senior at Marcus High School, hopes to raise $7,000 to fill five crates of tools needed to help families rebuild their homes after the category 5 hurricane struck the island in mid-September.

“The purpose of this is to help rebuild parts of the neighborhoods,” Valdez said. “We want to help speed up the process. There are a lot of people who have just been waiting for help, food and electricity. We thought the tools would be best to serve them because once they’re done they can send them off to a different part of the neighborhood.”

Valdez said he and friend Steven Beard came up with the idea for the project. He said Beard’s mother has a friend who is part of the Light Up Puerto Rico effort to help those residents impacted by the storm. They instantly began sending resources to the island.

Valdez said so far he has been able to collect $950 toward the goal.

He’s hoping to complete the collection by the end of February. He said residents can donate money or tools, such as drills, measuring tape and anything else that can fit into a 2-foot by 3-foot crate.

To donate, go to gofundme.com/e6w2de-help-the-people-of-puerto-rico.

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