Coordinadora de Apoyo Solidaridad y Ayuda is collecting donations to help victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.Residents of Central Florida were nervously glued to their phones, awaiting updates about what is happening in Puerto Rico.
“We’re under a lot of stress cause we can’t get a hold of our family and friends in Puerto Rico!” exclaimed Zoraida Rios-Andino, president of Mision Boricua.
She is frustrated as she is having a difficult time getting in touch with her relatives; not knowing if they are okay makes her nervous. “We’re just desperate trying to find out how our family is doing.”
Coordinadora de Apoyo Solidaridad y Ayuda (CASA) is an organization that encompasses a number of other smaller Puerto Rican advocacy groups. Volunteers involved with CASA are collecting donations to help victims in Puerto Rico.
“We need the help of the Colombians, of the white Americans, of the black Americans, the Asians, we need the help. Puerto Rico needs the help. The fellow Americans from Puerto Rico need the help,” emphasized CASA volunteer Luis Figueroa. “It is time to unite as a one and give the best to the people.”
Rios-Andino said she hopes the island is strong enough to come together and overcome this catastrophe. “I am hoping that they can come out of this very strong. We don’t know yet how long it’s going to take for power to be restored… It could take months.”
The Acacia Florida Centro Borinqueño in Orlando is organizing these donations. Things you can donate: Drinking water, disposable plates, disposable cups, disposable cutlery, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, first aid kit, tent, sleeping bags, bed sheets, clothes, diapers, baby wipes, baby formula and medication like ibuprofen.
Drop off location for items:
- Puerto Rican Government
15 South Orlando Avenue
Kissimmee, FL 34741
- Acacia Florida Centro Borinqueño
1865 North Econlockhatchee Trail
Orlando, FL 32817
- Rego Tile Inc
1770 E Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy
Kissimmee, FL 34744
- Harbor Community Bank (Any location)
Checks can be made to CASA
You may deduct these charitable contributions.