How New Yorkers Can Help Puerto Rico

Photo: Stephen Chernin

Puerto Rico was left in a devastated state after it was hit by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. ‘As an initiative to help rebuild the US Territory, the New York City government announced that from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m daily, approximately 17 firehouses and EMS stations will be accepting essential items for the people of Puerto Rico. The following items are prioritized:  (1) Diapers, (2) Baby Food, (3) Batteries, (4) First Aid Supplies, and (5) Feminine Hygiene Products.

The government’s website states that at this time, only the listed items will be accepted as donations and such items must not be, “second hand, perishable, and must not contain liquids.”

New York City’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio, stands in solidarity with Puerto Rico and has proposed to help in every way possible.

“New York City will be there for San Juan and all of Puerto Rico in the days and weeks ahead,” Mayor De Blasio said in a tweet from his official Twitter account.

The following is a list of places retrieved from nyc.gov where donations can be dropped off:

Manhattan:
• Engine 28/ Ladder 11: 242 E. 111th Street, New York, NY 11220 (East Harlem)
• Engine 95/ Ladder 36: 29 Vermilyea Avenue, New York, NY 10033 (Inwood)
• Engine 28/ Ladder 11: 222 E. 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009 (Lower East Side)

Bronx:
• EMS Station 26: 1264 Boston Road, Bronx NY 10456 (Morrisania)
• EMS Station 55: 3134 Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451 (Melrose)
• Engine 64/ Ladder 47: 1214 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 (Castle Hill)
• Engine 83/ Ladder 29: 618 E. 138th Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (Mott Haven/South Bronx

Queens:
• Engine 316: 27-12 Kearney Street, Queens, NY 11369 (East Elmhurst)
• Engine 289/ Ladder 138: 97-28
• 43rd Avenue, Queens, NY 11368 (Corona)
• Engine 307/ Ladder 154: 81-17 Northern Boulevard, Queens, NY 11372 (Jackson Heights)

Brooklyn:
• Engine 271/ Ladder 124: 392 Himrod Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)
• Engine 277/ Ladder 112: 582 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick)
• Engine 201/ Ladder 114: 5113 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 ( Sunset Park)
• Engine 228: 436 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 (Sunset Park)
• Engine 218: 650 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick)

Staten Island:
• Engine 153/ Ladder 77: 74 Broad Street, Staten Island, NY 10304 (Stapleton)
• Engine 157/ Ladder 80: 1573 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302 (Port Richmond)
• Ladder 79: 1189 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310 (Port Richmond)