Locals collecting donations for devastated Puerto Rico

Inside a warehouse off Tradesman on the northwest side, they're collecting donations for those impacted by Hurricane Maria.

SAN ANTONIO - Just days ago, Hurricane Maria pounded the island of Puerto Rico killing at least 10.

Most of the island is still without power, and cell service is very limited.

The good news is resources are on the way, including donations from strangers in San Antonio.

"The people from San Antonio that are all Puerto Ricans, it's huge. It's very big," Rafael Rios, a Co-Organizer for the local donation initiative by Puerto Rico Rises said.residents from the local Puerto Rican community are hard at work.

Inside a warehouse off Tradesman on the northwest side, they're collecting donations for those impacted by Hurricane Maria.

"The government is really organized, but the government is not enough. The people need to do their own things, and everyone's moving," Francheska Rios with Puerto Rico Rises San Antonio said.

They need the necessities like sanitary napkins, toothbrushes, razors, wipes, Depends for adults, diapers for kids, easy-to-open canned food and animal food.

"One thing makes a difference," Rios, who has yet to hear from family in Cabo Rojo said. "One. It doesn't matter if it's small, but it helps. A toothbrush helps. A little small can of juice. That kid that hasn't had juice for three or four days will say, 'Wow! They brought this for me!'"

Water is in high demand as is any form of communication to the outside world.

"There's a lot of people who still haven't heard from their families. They're still trying to contact them," Rios said. "They don't know about them. We are just trying to make it easier so they know that help is going to get there."

Donations will head to the Puerto Rico Rises chapter in Houston before they're shipped off to the island.

"We'll continue to do it until Puerto Rico is back up again," Rios said.

The main donation station is located at 14886 Tradesman Road, San Antonio, TX 78249.

Rios said that donation station will be set up from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice.

For a list of donations needed, visit Puerto Rico Rises San Antonio on Facebook.

The organization is asking for help from any businesses who might be able to provide transportation for the donations from San Antonio to Houston.

Puerto Rico Rises also has donation stations set up at the following:

Re/Max Unlimited
342 Hot Wells Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78223

State Farm Ivan Cosme
8122 Marbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78227

Virgen
9727 Justice Ln.
Converse, TX 78109

Carmen
15435 Gallant Bloom
San Antonio, TX 78245

Bory's Barber Shop
10259 O'Connor Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78233

Pat O'Brien's
121 Alamo Place
San Antonio, TX 78205

Danny
13854 Chevy Oak
San Antonio, TX 78247

One of the organizers, Carmen Eneida Sanchez-Morales is also helping San Antonians keep in contact with family members in Puerto Rico. She says to find her on Facebook if you need help.

The First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, also organized the website so the public can make monetary donations.

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