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How to help Puerto Rico with money and other donations

Posted at 1:41 PM, Sep 27, 2017

Puerto Rico is in a state of crisis after complete devastation caused by hurricanes in the past month.

Here's how to help the 3.4 million Puerto Ricans:

Give to UNICEF: The United Nation's Children's Fund provides emergency response with a focus on health care and safety for children. More: www.unicefusa.org

• The First Lady of Puerto Rico has launched a fund called "United For Puerto Rico."

• There's a Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund organized by the Center for Popular Democracy that supports local Puerto Rican businesses aiding the communities there.

Americares provides urgent assistance to poverty areas stricken by disaster. It is a health-focused organization.

• GoFundMe has curated a destination on its site for all of the legitimate Hurricane Maria assistance funds.

Save The Children is currently on the ground giving assistance to families with children in Puerto Rico.

• The American Red Cross offers a drop-down menu for money donations that allows donors to designate a disaster with which they want to help.

Volunteers are welcome. Visit VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to get more information on providing assistance in person. 

Here is a list of local businesses that are accepting donations for Puerto Rico:

  • Greenacres Community Center: Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1p.m., Monday-Thur 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • La Cosinita Latina in West Palm Beach: Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday - Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Isla del Coqui in Greenacres: Saturday 11 am to 9 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • PR Bakery in Lake Worth: Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday 8 a..m to 5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Genie's Gymnastics in Lake Worth: Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday 2 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
  • Lennox Industries is accepting donations at 1743 Old Okeechobee Road in West Palm Beach Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Walmart is collecting donations in several locations until Saturday. Click here to find a location near you.