Westchester is responding to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Puerto Rico.
County Executive Rob Astorino announced the county is launching a "Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico" drive across Westchester.
“Westchester County is home to more than 44,000 Americans of Puerto Rican heritage,” Astorino said. “The devastation of Hurricane Maria has been unprecedented, and on a personal level, the worst fears of families and loved ones have come true. We are all one community here in Westchester, and my hope and prayer is that we can make a meaningful contribution to the people and communities most in need.”
The county’s Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico will be led by dozens of volunteers from the Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS). It will continue at least through the end of November.
Monetary donations for the purchase of essential supplies and/or the shipping of same may be made by Chase Quick Pay or starting on Monday via PayPal to PRRelief@westchestergov.com.
Supplies being sought include baby formula, baby wipes, blankets, bottled water, canned and dry pet food, canned milk, canned non-perishable foods, diapers, dish soap, extension cords, first-aid kits, garbage bags, ground fault protectors, hand sanitizer, laundry detergents, mosquito repellant, pain relief medicine, pillows, ropes, safety glasses, stomach and diarrhea relief medicine, towels, tarps and work gloves.
Collection bins will be located at the following county offices during regular business hours:
- · Westchester County Office Building, 148 Martine, Ave., White Plains
- · DSS Central Office, 112 E. Post Rd., White Plains
- · Mount Vernon District Office, 100 East First St.
- · Peekskill District Office, 750 Washington St.
- · White Plains District Office, 85 Court St.
- · Yonkers District Office, 131 Warburton Ave.
- · Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains
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