RAM returns from Puerto Rico after weeks-long mission to help hurricane victims

ROCKFORD, Tenn. (WATE) - Remote Area Medical returned from Puerto Rico after treating over 2,000 people. The organization provided free services at mobile clinics throughout December. All of this happened after hurricanes devastated the island earlier this year.

More than 250 volunteers provided dental, vision and medical care to residents on the Caribbean island. 

"And they all pay their own expenses which is just great. The volunteer spirit I find in the United States," said Stan Brock, founder of RAM.

Brock said most people asked for vision care. He said many needed glasses because they lost them during the hurricanes. It's a service he said these hurricane survivors did not take for granted.

"They welcomed the volunteers with open arms. They got out of the dentist chair and hugged the dentists," he said.

The non-profit also distributed 63,000 pounds of disaster relief supplies. The items were donated by the public.

"The climate is still gorgeous, the beaches are still gorgeous, but the rest of the place is hurting and they are going to need a lot of help," said Brock.

RAM hopes to partner with the Roberto Clemente Foundation to bring additional mobile medical clinics to the residents of Puerto Rico next year.

Brock said the organization is also asking the community to collect food for Native American reservations in South Dakota. As the winter gets harsher there, RAM is requesting non-perishable canned foods. You can drop them off at its headquarters in Blount County.

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