Palm Beach County Cares makes 1st Rescue Delivery/Retrieval in Puerto Rico

Palm Beach Cares Lands in Puerto Rico

Palm Beach County Cares made its first rescue mission today when the team departed from Ft Lauderdale and landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Their goal was to deliver critical food and supplies to the residents of Vista Serena, a nursing home just outside of San Juan. They soon found that they delivered much more; they brought hope to those who wondered if hope would ever come.

While the 700lbs of critical supplies and nutritious food were the mission’s original aim, the news got substantially better for six San Juan residents who dared to hope for even more – a way to the U.S.

The group of six learned that their greatest wish had been granted by Palm Beach County Cares supporter, Richard Lucibella, who transported them on his twin-engine, 11-seat, turboprop plane to Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

“I refer to him [Lucibella] as our hero-pilot,” said Katherine Waldron, Port of Palm Beach Commissioner and co-founder of Palm Beach County Cares. “He volunteered and made this effort possible in very little time. We were able to bring crucial supplies to the dear people at Vista Serena.”

Waldron personally helped distribute the 700lbs of supplies to the nursing home and assisted living facility.

“We are thrilled to be able to pick up six evacuees – many of whom are sick and in need medical attention.”

The plane arrived back in Ft. Lauderdale today at 4:38 PM. Waldron, Lucibella, along with key volunteers, found the proper resources for each of the evacuees.

The focus quickly turned to planning their next missions.

Palm Beach County Cares is organizing trips to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. They are actively seeking donations and need your help to continue their missions.

Here’s how you can help TODAY:

Share this news on social media! The more people who know about this worthy cause, the sooner aid can get to those in need.

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Donation of items: visit to view what critical items are needed, and to locate the drop off site nearest you.

Donation of time: visit and click on Volunteer to select the dates and times that you could help accept donated items and/or help sort/pack them. 

Donation of money: visit and click Donate to be brought to the United Way of Palm Beach County website. We are partnering with Palm Beach County Cares on this effort.

If you know someone affected by Hurricane Maria (or Irma), you can have them call 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898211, or visit their website at for resources.  If you are aware of hurricane related resources not already on 2-1-1’s website, you are welcome to email the information to

South Florida News 11 is proud to bring you coverage of Palm Beach County Cares. Stay tuned as we bring you more good news and continue to share ways for you to get involved in this county-wide effort.



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