Vice President brings message of hope to Kissimmee

Mike Pence to travel to Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Vice President Mike Pence told a crowded Central Florida church Thursday night that more help is on the way to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

He landed at Orlando International Airport just after 5 p.m., where he walked into the terminal and a center located there dedicated to helping Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria.

He then traveled to Kissimmee and the Iglesia del Dios (Church of God), where he addressed a packed sanctuary.

"As the president said, we will get through this, and we will get through this together," he told the group that gathered there.

Pence announced that he and his wife would be traveling to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday.

Outside the church, he helped a team of volunteers pack cases of bottled water into trucks.

"We will be with you every step of the way until we see the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico say, 'Levanta (rise),'" he said.

Some of the people who had gathered inside to watch the vice president at the church said he gave them something they hadn't had before Thursday night: hope.

"We needed it at this time," Ada Vegas said. "It was needed."

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