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ITHACA, N.Y. —  The Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County, the Multicultural Resource Center and Northeast Pediatrics have teamed up to provide community drop-of sites to contribute materials for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. Even though the situation in Puerto Rico is now getting less attention in the media, the need for help persists.

The Ithaca/Tompkins effort will coordinate with the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico established by Gov. Cuomo — https://www.ny.gov/empire-state-relief-and-recovery-effort-puerto-rico/empire-state-relief-and-recovery-effort-puerto.

Materials collected locally will be delivered to the statewide effort’s drop-off location in Binghamton.

Collection begins on Monday, October 23. The local effort will continue as long as the statewide effort is in place.

Ithaca/Tompkins Drop-off sites and times:

· Multicultural Resources Center –
516 MLK Jr. St (old State St.), Ithaca, NY
Monday-Thursday, 11am-5pm

· Northeast Pediatrics –
10 Graham Rd., Village of Lansing – across from the YMCA.
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

We can only collect goods that are accepted by the statewide effort. All items must be unopened and in their original packaging. The items are:

  • Baby Formula (in cases, no individual cans)
  • Diapers (children and adult)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Cases of Water
  • Flashlights
  • Camping Lanterns (battery operated)
  • Batteries (no lithium batteries)
  • Tarps
  • Blankets
  • AM/FM portable radios (battery operated)
  • Personal First Aid Kits (new, still in wrapper)
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (tampons, sanitary napkins)

Please note: any large donation should be delivered directly to the drop-off site in Binghamton (other sites are located in Syracuse and Rochester). Contact 607-279-0837 for more information and assistance.

The Latino Civic Association is also accepting money donations for this effort. 100% of all funds collected will be donated to local Puerto Rican organizations engaged in hurricane relief efforts. Check may be written to the Latino Civic Association, memo: Puerto Rico, and sent to LCA, P.O. Box 6532, Ithaca, NY 14851. All donations are fully tax deductible.

Featured image: “Puerto Rico National Guard” by The National Guard licensed under CC BY 2.0.  The image shows Puerto Rico National Guard Soldiers, of the 783rd Maintenance Company, in Toa Baja, PR continue supporting the city after Hurricane María, transporting more than 6000 gallons of water to the San José community, Sept. 24. (Photo by Alexis Velez)