Valley businesses and restaurants are collecting donations to be shipped to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria damage devastates the nation.
Puerto Rico is in dire need of help to rebuild their nation after Hurricane Maria ripped through the country, leaving many of its residents without homes, electricity and basic supplies needed for survival. Puerto Rico Latin Bar & Grill in Phoenix, Ariz. is one of the Valley locations where you can drop off supplies that will go Hurricane Maria victims, with the help of Puerto Rican Center of Arizona. Restaurant owner, Wesley Andujar said the community support has been tremendous. On the first day of collection supplies, they even received a donation from outside the Valley. “We had a lady from Sedona. The first day she came in … her and her husband brought me a bag of items,” said Andujar.
Throughout the lunch hour, a continuous amount of community members could be seen dropping off supplies.“We know what it’s like…rural living, and there’s been times where we’ve had to go without water for days, which is nothing compared to what Puerto Rico is going through,” said Lori Bevan. Bevan and her husband took time on their one day off to drop off donations that filled their car to the roof.
“My husband served in Vietnam was stationed in Puerto Rico for a year so he had a sentimental heart…for Puerto Rico,” said Bevan.
If you would like to help, the items needed include batteries, flashlights, toiletries, bottled water, baby formula, canned food, and clothing.
The following Valley businesses are collecting items:
Puerto Rico Latin Bar and Grill: 2714 W. Thomas Rd, Phoenix
Sweet Land Cakes: 4747 East Thomas Rd, Phoenix
Fair Trade Cafe: 1020 North 1st Ave, Phoenix
NYC Beauty Salon: 1616 E. Main St, Mesa
Azukar Coffee: 7246 South Central Ave, Phoenix