Parts of the United States and the Caribbean experienced devastating damage and numerous deaths when hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria made landfall in quick succession. The latter left US territory Puerto Rico without electricity or adequate food and water, and six weeks later, a majority of the homes and businesses remain shuttered without power, including retail stores TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods. They haven鈥檛 let the burden of the crisis fall on their employees, however, continuing to pay island workers despite the fact that the stores remain closed.

According to the Boston聽Globe, a post shared in a Boston-based #PuertoRicoStrong Facebook group praised the company鈥檚 efforts, with San Juan native and current Florida resident, Iv谩n Mel茅ndez, revealing that his son in San Juan was still receiving a paycheck from the Marshalls store where he works.

鈥淚 have to mention this because maybe many do not know,鈥 the post聽stated in Spanish. 鈥淢arshalls stores in Puerto Rico have continued to pay their employees even without running their stores. I was worried about my son, and he told me, 鈥楺uiet Daddy, Marshalls has been paying us.鈥 And [the company] has also given them supplies. Thanks to the Marshalls stores for such an honorable gesture. From now on I am going to sponsor this chain even more.鈥

The company confirmed Mel茅ndez鈥檚 Facebook comments. 鈥淏ased on the devastating situation in Puerto Rico, we can confirm that we have continued to pay our TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods associates on the island,鈥 Erika Tower, a spokesperson for the stores鈥 parent company, TJX, told the


. 鈥淲e believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances.鈥

Tower also noted that it鈥檚 a practice the company employs 鈥渇rom time to time under extreme circumstances鈥 in other areas affected by natural disasters.

Kudos to the TJX company 鈥 the world could certainly use a few more of its kind!

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