Here's How to Help Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

Queens Chronicle - September 23, 2017

by Queens Chronicle

With Puerto Rico in a state of dire need from Hurricane Maria's devastation, Queens residents can do their part to help out.

The de Blasio administration is collecting first aid supplies, batteries, diapers feminine hygiene products, and baby food. These badly needed items are the only ones being collected.

There are three drop-off locations for collecting the items in Queens: FDNY Engine 289/Ladder 138 at 97-28 43 Ave. in Corona, Engine 316 at 27-12 Kearny St. in East Elmhurst and Engine 307/Ladder 154 at 81-17 Northern Blvd. in Jackson Heights.

These locations will be accepting donations from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to City Hall. Note that if they are responding to an emergency situation, FDNY employees may not be there during drop-off hours.

The United Federation of Teachers Disaster Relief Fund is helping public school educators in the beleaguered island territory. You can donate at tinyurl.com/yan5uq3e and if you'd prefer to send money in a check, write one out for the UFT Disaster Relief fund, write "Hurricane Maria" on the memo line and mail it to 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004.

The Hispanic Federation is collecting donations, too. There are a few ways to send money through the group. If you want to do so online, you can head to hispanicfederation.org/donate, click "Hurricane Relief Effort" on the website's drop-down menu. To donate via text, send an SMS to 41444 with the message organized as follows: "UNIDOS space YOUR AMOUNT space YOUR NAME."