SAN ANTONIO - Puerto Ricans living in San Antonio are feeling the devastation of their native island thousands of miles away.

Many are uniting with former mayor Henry Cisneros to get help to the victims of Hurricane Maria.

"I'm no stranger to big disasters and this one is extraordinary," Cisneros said. "This is a monster."

Cisneros is partnering with several organizations leading an effort to get necessities to people who have lost everything.

"I'm just concerned that we're going to lose more people before this is over," he said, "The elderly, people who are frail and people who are already sick."

Cisneros met with Puerto Rico native Liliana Mackenzie on Wednesday. Her mother just made it out of the island alive.

"We couldn't get ahold of my mom for seven days," she said.

Mackenzie's organization Sociedad Herencia Puertorriqueña is joining Cisneros with relief efforts.

"I'm okay right now because my mom made it out and shes with me," she said, "but you feel like it was you, it's so devastating."

Cisneros said it's all about helping humanity.

"This is a people to people effort," he said. "Around government, around bureaucracy and directly to people that are the neediest."