A Northstate couple is working to help residents of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria. Christian Friedland graduated from Chico State and is the founder of Build.com. Last year he and his wife Melissa moved their family from Chico to Puerto Rico.
The Friedlands are raising money through a relief campaign called Power for Puerto Rico. They've have committed $100,000 to help people receive power generators.
In a promotional video the couple described the conditions in Puerto Rico.
It's heart-wrenching to see the catastrophic damage that Maria caused," Christian Friedland said. "For those of us who call it home it's devastating."
"As the founder of Build.com, I have a unique opportunity to directly address this critical need. I have accessed high quality, low cost power generators. I will personally fund their distribution by my local native Puerto Rican employees."
"Those in need will get the generators free of charge, but we're asking people of means to do a little extra to help us help our neighbors," Friedland said. "Those who can afford to buy their own generator will be asked to pay our cost times two, providing a generator for a family in need."
"We believe this buy one get one model will help us make the biggest impact."
The couple has set up a You Caring page where you can donate. As of Tuesday morning, the page has raised more than $64,000 of their goal of $200,000. To donate click here.