Ever since hurricane Maria pounded the island of Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, it has not been able to get anywhere near recovery.
Early on I found a non profit organization by the name of ADRA Puerto Oeste who was working diligently in the community of Mayaguez and the surrounding areas providing meals and food boxes. Through the US postal service, I have shipped them food and hygiene products.
Currently they are collecting toys for the low income children in that area. In addition, they accept monetary donations for the toys and other items like mattresses, tarps (a lot of people don’t have roofs on their homes still), Ensure Glucerna, powdered milk, etc.
Feel free to head over to their Facebook page to see the work that they are doing.
And if you’re interested in helping, here are a couple ways:
1) Give a donation to them directly through PayPal and mark it Proyecto Navidad and they will do the shopping on their end. The name of the Director is Adelina Reynoso and you can search for her name on PayPal. If you’d like a charitable receipt, just put your name, address, email and phone number in the notes section and advise her how you’d like to receive your receipt either via email or regular mail. I have sent several donations their way from friends and they are very responsive with sending receipts.
2) Mail your donations/toys to them directly. You can shop/ship for yourself or order through Amazon. The address to ship to is:
ADRA Puerto Rico Oesta
Sector Cuba 1060
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 00681
(Note: Amazon can take up to 3 weeks for delivery, USPS is taking about 2 weeks so time is of the essence)
Most of the children in that area do not read English so any items donated shouldn’t have any lengthy English instructions. All ages are in need.
Thank you for your consideration in helping the children of Puerto Rico.