Helping the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

- More than half of Puerto Rico's 78 municipalities are still completely isolated due to roads blocked and communication towers down. Many are bracing themselves, knowing it could be four to six months before power is restored.

Finally, an encouraging sight came when FEMA arrived on the island Thursday. FEMA is now assessing the damage and how to best get the island back on the road to recovery.

You can help the recovery efforts without ever leaving the Carolinas or having to go to Puerto Rico.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Society of Charlotte wants people to know you can help by simply going to their website. Those donations will go directly to the local Red Cross Chapter in Puerto Rico.

They also plan to host a few fundraisers.

On September 24th, they will be at the Latin American Coalition, 4938 Central Avenue #1, Charlotte, NC. collecting diapers, medication, and first aid supplies, baby food, feminine products and batteries.

On September 30, they will be at the Hickory Grove United Methodist Church, 6401 Hickory Grove Road, Charlotte, NC. On October 1, they will be collecting donations at Punta Cana restaurant on South Boulevard and at Compare Foods on Arrowood Road and Sharon Amity Road.

The first lady of Puerto Rico Beatriz Rosello, also starting “The United for Puerto Rico” campaign, targeting business in the private sector to help get Puerto Rico back to normal as quickly as possible.

If you want to volunteer or make other types of donations, you can call 202-800-3133 or email maria2@prfaa.pr.gov. Click here for more information.

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