Local nonprofit brings aide and relief to devastated Ecuador communities

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It's been more than two weeks since we first showed you the devastation of an earthquake in Ecuador.

The 7.8 magnitude quake killed nearly 500 people. Rescuers and volunteers from around the world visited to help in the aftermath.

Locally, the non-profit Blossomwood Foundation raised a few thousand dollars to help communities in need.

Founder, Jenny Pukis returned from Ecuador this week.

For five days straight Pukis worked tirelessly. "It was crazy; it was a lot of amount of devastation," expressed Pukis.

Ecuador was shaken to the core and the Blossomwood Foundation quickly raised $5,500 to help bring aide to thousands in distress.

"It was the saddest thing that there were more people in need than we had availability and resources to help," shared Pukis.

The foundation provided tons of food and 143 water filters - which equates to millions of gallons of clean water. At times, communities in need became hostile.

"We came across areas where people were so desperate, they were jumping on the truck and we were trying to steal supplies we were having, just because of desperation," said Pukis.

Pukis, and the small team she traveled with, gave out basic necessities and much needed medical aide, "I ended up seeing 17 patients in an hour and 20 minutes."

She treated burns and many infected wounds due to lack of clean water.

"It is very rewarding. If you are able to help it's the most rewarding thing," said Pukis.

All of the donations raised in Madison County went to the communities impacted by the natural disaster. And, while the supplies stay and continue to being  relief today, "Sadness comes, you know. Like with it, because you know that you will be gone and they will stay there with the same situation," added Pukis.

She hopes to revisit the areas impacted before the end of the year.

The Blossomwood Foundation is now collecting children's summer clothing and school supplies to send overseas in the next two weeks.

You can drop off donations to any of the Bloosomwood Medical locations.