Guide to helping the victims of Puerto Rico

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How can you help the people of Puerto Rico and other island impacted by the hurricanes?

After a disaster, the most useful donations are cash.

United Way 211 Infoline resources

How You Can Help:

Material Donations Needed

Emergency Supplies

  • Bottled Water
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Diapers
  • Canned foods
  • Dry foods
  • Baby formula
  • Garbage bags
  • Towels
  • Canned milk
  • Canned and dry pet food
  • Baby and adult pain relief medicine
  • Stomach and Diarrhea relief medicine
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • First-aid kits
  • Laundry detergents
  • Dish soap
  • Cots

Construction Supplies

  • Extension cords
  • Ground fault protectors
  • Pop-up canopies
  • Shovels
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Crowbars Hammers
  • Utility knives
  • Work gloves
  • Wood panels
  • Electric generators
  • Electric cables
  • Tarp
  • Ropes
  • Chainsaws 
  • Safety glasses

Transportation and Logistics Support

  • Receiving and Transporting material donations
  • Collection and Storage of donations
  • Shipping
  • Air
  • Maritime




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A CTBPT United for PR Radio Telethon will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Sazon y Mambo, 1691 Main Street. The group will be collecting monetary donations and water, feminine hygiene products, waterproof flashlights, medicine, powdered milk for babies and adults, diapers, wipes, antibacterial wipes, generators and chainsaws for Puerto Rico’s Mayor’s Association Federation.

For information, call 203-336-3636. For the radio telethon, call 475-209-8788.