Responding to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced that he is launching a “Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico” drive across Westchester County.
“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.”
Astorino was joined by prominent Puerto Rican leaders to highlight other efforts going on statewide. Rev. Sen. Ruben Díaz, State Senator from the Bronx, and Rev. Abbelane Rivera, President of the Westchester County Hispanic Clergy Association, will be spearheading drives in the Bronx and at houses of worship.
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 via PayPal to: PRRelief@westchestergov.com.
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
In particular, supplies being sought include:
• Baby formula
• Baby wipes
• Bottled water
• Canned and dry pet food
• Canned milk
• Canned, non-perishable foods
• Dish soap
• Extension cords
• First-aid kits
• Garbage bags
• Ground fault protectors
• Hand sanitizer
• Laundry detergents
• Mosquito repellant
• Pain relief medicine
• Safety glasses
• Stomach and diarrhea relief medicine
• Work gloves