The Rochester Fire Department raised more than $10,000 for the relief effort in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
The money was presented to the Greater Rochester chapter of the American Red Cross during a union meeting on Thursday night.
Fire department members took it upon themselves to organize a boot drive dedicated to the cause.
“That’s what we felt was the quickest way that we could raise funds and give them to the Red Cross so that we could make a difference,” said Eddie Santiago, president of Rochester Firefighters Local 1071.
“That $10,000 is going to go a long ways in providing relief efforts in Puerto Rico as we continue to staff shelters we’re continuing to distribute water, food, clothing and medications across the island,” said James Love, executive director of the American Red Cross.
Several Rochester Fire Department members have family members in Puerto Rico and were directly impacted by Hurricane Maria.