Thursday, September 28, 2017

The City of Orlando is collecting donations for Puerto Rico; here's how you can help

Posted By on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM

The City of Orlando is coordinating with the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration Office to collect and send emergency supplies to the U.S. territory devastated by recent extreme weather events.

After the one-two punch of hurricanes Irma and Maria, Puerto Rican residents are still suffering, lacking electricity, drinkable water, sewer service, cell phone and internet coverage, fuel and, increasingly, food.

President Trump has finally lifted the Jones Act, so that foreign governments can send aid to Puerto Rico – which is located on an island sitting in the middle of an ocean, and it’s a big ocean, it’s a very big ocean – and Gov. Rick Scott is there now. Scott has called on Florida port directors to expedite and prioritize shipments to Puerto Rico.

In the meantime, donations from individual citizens of things like blankets, mosquito spray, canned milk and more (list below) are appreciated and are being collected at the following locations:

Centro Borinqueño Acacia
1865 N. Econlockhatchee Trail
Orlando, FL 32817
Seven days a week, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., through Oct. 1

Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration Office
15 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., open indefinitely

Emergency supplies needed:

• Bottled water
• Garbage bags
• Towels
• Baby wipes
• Hand sanitizer
• Diapers
• Canned foods
• Dry foods
• Baby formula
• Canned milk
• Canned and dry pet food
• Mosquito repellent
• Stomach and diarrhea relief medicine
• Baby and adult pain relief medicine
• Deodorant, soap, brush, toothpaste
• Blankets
• Pillows
• First-aid kits
• Laundry detergents
• Dish soap
• Cots
• Repellents
• Tents and awnings
• Bedding

Construction supplies are also needed, such as electric generators, extension cords, shovels, hammers, utility knives, wood panels, and more.

For more information, call 202-800-3134, email or visit

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