by: Chip Skambis Updated:
ORLANDO, Fla. - Multiple organizations across Central Florida are asking for supplies to help victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
City of Orlando
The city of Orlando—along with the government of Puerto Rico and the organization Unidos por Puerto Rico—organized a supply drive.
This drive has two drop-off locations in Orlando and Kissimmee:
Orlando - Centro Borinqueño Acacia
1865 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, FL 32817
Everyday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Kissimmee - Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) Office
15 S. Orlando Avenue. Kissimmee, FL 34741
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
They are seeking normal supplies as well as construction supplies like generators, extension cords and shovels.
Those interested in donating construction supplies can call 321-287-9109.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross said it is soliciting donations to help residents rebuild their lives.
Volunteers have been stationed on the island since Hurricane Irma hit more than two weeks ago.
Central Florida's homeless giving to folks in Puerto Rico! Two people dropped off unused hygiene products they were given during Irma. pic.twitter.com/rSy0HTicMh— Ty Russell (@TRussellWFTV) September 20, 2017
Sherri Monroe, the organization's regional executive director, said donations are used to buy supplies on the island since it's more affordable than shipping them from the mainland.
"Financial donations are absolutely the best thing other than volunteering," Monroe said. "We buy the supplies right there when people are able to go to work. It puts money back into the economy."
Monroe said the organization already has a stockpile on the island leftover from Irma.
"We have a large number of volunteers there," Monroe said. "We are there for the long (run)."
Hispanic outreach group CASA is one of several local organizations collecting items, such as clothing, bottled water, sleeping bags and infant formula.
Jimmy Torres-Vélez, who's involved with the initiative, said items may be dropped off at Acacia's El Centro Borinqueño on North Econlockhatchee Trail near East Colonial Drive.
Here's some info if you want to donate to CASA to help Puerto Rico pic.twitter.com/whbl5ElhAR— Ty Russell (@TRussellWFTV) September 20, 2017
"We know that we can count on the solidarity of everyone in Central Florida," Torres-Vélez said.
Items may also be delivered to local Goodwill and The Salvation Army stores.
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