Many of you know that I have deep roots in the Caribbean with many friends and family dealing with extreme challenges in Puerto Rico right now. The relief is coming but who knows how long it will take, some people have lost everything. Here’s what we’re doing to help and make an impact right now.
American Airlines has a wonderful program called OPERATION PUERTO RICO STRONG which allows employees to ship 2 boxes up to 150lbs each FREE to San Juan. Between now and Friday 9/29/17 at 3pm (must have the boxes at JFK AA cargo by 6PM Friday). We are collecting items to ship and hand deliver it. Our friend Luis Daniel Lugardo is close to the Airport in San Juan and has committed to receiving and overseeing the distribution of the boxes to either pre-determined people, families or organizations. He has gathered others who will assist in the distribution as well. We are prioritizing these efforts to those in remote areas, children’s hospitals, churches and nursing homes. You will see where your donations are going, we will film the recipients and share it.
We setup a very convenient drop-off point in a shopping center in Queens, NY close to highways with easy parking. The Keller Williams Real Estate office in Jackson Heights will receive any donations you can drop off. There’s a Rite Aid and Supermarket right there next door. I will oversee packing and getting the boxes to JFK Friday. If you drop off a full box sealed and designated for recipient, you must itemize the contents and provide complete delivery contact details.
There are many wonderful online websites to send money and help, however the local people in PR cant get anywhere, there’s no gas and and the stores are empty. So this will get directly into their hands.
If you cant get to us in time and want to help. Contact me and we will find a way! I can collect any money donations and go to Costco to purchase items in bulk on your behalf.
WHAT TO DROP OFF:
batteries | wipes | female sanitary items | power bars | dried fruits | soap | shampoo | deodorant | canned food | rice | baby food | diapers | flashlights | gently used clothes | sneakers