How to help Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria

- As Puerto Rico continues to deal with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, many Americans are searching for ways to assist the U.S. territory in its recovery.

Many of the island's more than 3.4 million American citizens are still without adequate food, water and fuel. Gas stations, banks, and supermarkets are gradually reopening, but there are limited supplies.

Several organizations in the Greater Delaware Valley have united in conjunction with the United States Global Leadership Council (USGLC) to collect basic items and first aid kits to send to those affected.

The Arriba Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Project, based out of Levittown, is one organization coordinating relief efforts. The project is accepting donations at several drop off locations across Philadelphia, Bristol, Lancaster, New Jersey, and Delaware. See here for a complete list of drop off locations.

Donations can also be made through the organization online here.

University of Pennsylvania students are also organizing relief efforts through a GoFundMe, which has raised over $113,000 at time of writing.

The fundraiser’s proceeds will benefit Unidos por Puerto Rico, a public-private initiative started by the office of the First Lady Beatriz Isabel Roselló.

Pennsylvania State Representative John Taylor is also pitching in, collecting items for storm victims through the end of October. All items will be shipped in a large container for distribution to those in need. Listed below are the offices where donations can be made:

  • 2901 E. Thompson Street
  • Philadelphia, PA 19134
  • Phone: (215) 425-0901
  • 4725 Richmond Street
  • Philadelphia, PA 19137
  • Phone: (215) 744-2600
  • 4117 Longshore Ave. 
  • Philadelphia PA 19135 
  • Phone: (215) 708-3139 

Below is a list of items both the Arriba Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Project and State Representative John Taylor's offices will accept as donations:

  • Led lamps (batteries-powered)
  • Batteries
  • Powdered milk and liquid milk in boxes
  • Baby Formula
  • Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Bug spray
  • Blankets and clothing
  • Battery-powered fans
  • Canned foods
  • Cereals
  • Paper goods
  • Generators
  • Pedialyte
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishables
  • First Aid kits
  • Toiletries
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