Damaged homes in the La Perla neighborhood after Hurricane Maria made landfall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The majority of the island has lost power, in San Juan many are left without running water or cell phone service, and the Governor said Maria is the “most devastating storm to hit the island this century.” (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

Here’s how you can help Puerto Rico

Adrianna Lebron-Garcia and Anamar Naish, the two women now leading an 800-strong relief effort for Puerto Rican hurricane victims, were strangers before Sept. 21.

But both have family on the hurricane-damaged island. Both were stunned by the sheer scale of destruction they saw on the news. Both knew they needed to help however they could.

Naish created a Facebook event to collect donations, and Lebron-Garcia created a group. When each became aware of the other’s presence, a partnership seemed natural.

“We just talked every day, every hour of the day, talking about what we needed to make (relief) work,” Lebron-Garcia, a marketing researcher with P&G, said.

Cincinnati for PR had collected $3,175 by Thursday night and set up 20 drop-off locations for nonperishable goods around the Greater Cincinnati area.

“It’s our little contribution,” Lebron-Garcia said. “Whatever we can do from here.”

Interested in helping? Here are two upcoming donation drives:

  • Today, Sept. 30: Donations will be collected from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Susanna Catholic Church, 500 Reading Road in Mason
  • Oct. 7: Donations will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Missio Dei Church at the Essex Studios, 2511 Essex Place in Cincinnati

Items being collected at both events include:

  • Nonperishable food
  • Bottled water
  • Baby Formula
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diapers
  • Canned and dry pet food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Blankets
  • Clothes
  • Laundry detergent
  • Feminine hygeine products
  • Trash bags
  • Animal crates

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