Tampa donation site for Puerto Rico supplies needs volunteers

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

Officers from several MA police departments are arriving in Puerto Rico Saturday on a mission to help on the hurricane-ravaged island.

The donations were shipped to Tampa Friday before being flown to Puerto Rico Monday.

A group collecting supplies for the people in Puerto Rico are asking for help from you.

Edwin Melendez, an economist and director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY-Hunter, said the island already was grappling with increasing numbers of people moving away for economic reasons.

Many days later, our family received a brief message somehow that said Kathy and her family were safe, and that was out.

As of Friday, about 90 percent of Puerto Rico is still without power, while the death toll has climbed to 36 since Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said public schools are ready to receive students relocating from Puerto Rico. Residents in CT with family on the island remain frustrated with federal response to the Hurricane.

"We want them to know our door is open and all of us at Eastern Florida are ready to help them anyway we can". For more information, visit the Volunteer Ministers website. The DPA was passed in 1950 to give the federal government the ability to quickly mobilize vast private sector resources through the Defense Department to respond to crises.

Baby food, batteries, box fans, canned goods, cots, cleaning supplies, diapers, feminine hygiene products, flash lights, flood pumps, hand sanitizer, first aid items, leather work gloves, new underwear and socks, new bed pillows and blankets, toiletries, utility knives and high capacity generators to restore power for hospitals, water service, and flood pumps. And it's also in the long-term interest of Puerto Rico. "The federal government has the transportation and logistics infrastructure to help alleviate the immediate and overwhelming crisis now facing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands".

The islands were devastated by Hurricanes Maria and Irma with countless homes destroyed, the power grid leveled and millions struggling to obtain food and water.

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