Carney partners with organizations for donations to help Puerto Rico

WILMINGTON — Gov. John Carney, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, Delaware State Police and Delaware Citizen Corps, in conjunction with the International Longshoremen’s Association and the Port of Wilmington, announced on Thursday a campaign to gather donated supplies to aid relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

“Delawareans always stand ready to assist those in need, and our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico need our support,” said Gov. Carney. “Members of our National Guard continue to assist with disaster response, and our thoughts continue to be with everyone in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. We look out for our neighbors here in Delaware, and I urge Delawareans to support this effort however possible.”

The transportation of the items to Puerto Rico will be organized and shipped by the International Longshoremen’s Association 1694, led by ILA 1694 President Bill Ashe.

Donated supplies can be dropped off at Delaware State Police Troop locations throughout the state, as well as at the Port of Wilmington.

Donations will be accepted at Delaware State Police locations in Kent and Sussex counties until Oct. 18. They will be accepted from Monday through Sunday between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Locations to drop off donations include: Delaware State Police Headquarters (1441 N. DuPont Highway, Dover); State Police Troop 3 (3759 S. State Street, Camden); State Police Troop 4 (23652 Shortly Road, Georgetown); State Police Troop 5 (9265 Public Safety Way, Bridgeville); State Police Troop 7 (18006 Coastal Highway, Lewes) and State Police Troop 9 (414 Main Street, Odessa).

Items needed in Puerto Rico include: Baby formulas and food (Similac and Enfamil from all stages); First aid supplies; stomach and diarrhea medications; hand sanitizer; insect repellent; toiletries and feminine-hygiene products; dish soap and laundry detergents; garbage bags; work gloves, tarps, ropes, safety glasses and goggles and pet food.

The following items will not be accepted: Clothing and shoes; toys or stuffed animals; bottled water and food.

Monetary donations will not be accepted at the collection sites. Delawareans wishing to make monetary donations may do so securely online through National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.

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