Puerto Rico, The US Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos and many other Caribbean Islands were hit by devastating Hurricanes Irma and Maria and we all want (and need) to HELP! There are so many ways to help those people in need and every little bit means so much!
Money Donations Center for International Disaster Information
United for Puerto Rico: Together Changing Paths
UNICEF – emergency survival kits to kids in Puerto Rico
Direct Relief – medical relief to Puerto Rico and neighboring Islands
“Unidos” Hispanic Federation’s Hurricane Maria relief fund
One America Appeal — a group established by former U.S. presidents that’s assisting in hurricane aid efforts
International Medical Corps – emergency response in the area; and other aid groups on the ground in Puerto Rico
Supply Donation National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster— in early stages of response, most groups are unable to accommodate any material good donations. However, if you would like to donate supplies, United for Puerto Rico put together a guide about what emergency goods and construction supplies they need most.
The list, here:
*You can donate the requested supplies at local donation spots set up nationwide (for instance, in New York City, 17 firehouses are accepting donations to send to Puerto Rico, and and in Miami, the Puerto Rican Leadership Council of South Florida is also taking supply donations). Check your local listings to find out where to send the goods.
OneBlood – Florida and the Southeast, has been sending daily blood and platelet shipments to hospitals in Puerto Rico while working closely with American Red Cross, Blood Centers of America, and America’s Blood Centers.
American Red Cross
Volunteer. National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters is looking for volunteers to help in communities across Puerto Rico (after public officials and disaster relief organizations assess the damage and need for help). You can register on its website. If you do end up volunteering, you must be willing to work with survivors of all backgrounds, and you must also be aware that there will be no power in many areas and you’ll likely have to stay in shelters or other arrangements. You can also register to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild homes in Puerto Rico — again, once the hurricane’s damage has been fully assessed. (theCut.com)