HURRICANE RELIEF - Donations of items for the people in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Maria, September 20, are being accepted at drop-off sites in the region.
Organized by Puerto Rico Rises Northeast Pennsylvania, donation stations have been set up at the following locations:

WAYNE COUNTY - Donations of items for the people in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Maria, September 20, are being accepted at drop-off sites in the region.
Organized by Puerto Rico Rises Northeast Pennsylvania, donation stations have been set up at the following locations:

• The Market at Woodloch Pines
1623 Route 590, east of Hawley

• Dave’s Foodtown (formerly Dave’s Super Duper)
200 Willow Ave., Honesdale

• Bethany Public Library
8 Court St., Bethany
(Wed. 10-5, Thurs. and Fri. 12-7, Sat. 11-3)

• Stephens Pharmacy
1101 Main St., Honesdale

• HHS Interact Club
Honesdale High School Room 205.

Items sought include: bottled water, baby wipes, hand sanitizes, diapers for babies and adults, canned food, feminine products, baby formula, trash bags, pillows, bedding sheets, deodorant, soap, toothbrush, tooth paste, baby crib, mosquito repellent, candles, pet food, batteries, toilet paper, battery lamps, battery fans, battery radios, can openers, disposable plates and cups, detergents, First Aid kits, alcohol, gloves, medication.
Items are needed by Wednesday, October 4.
Pilar Beam, a native of Puerto Rico and a local resident, started the local chapter of Puerto Rico Rises, a national effort that was put together in the wake of the hurricane disaster. She connected with others in the area who are also from Puerto Rico to coordinate the drive, which has touched their lives so deeply.
Trucks will be picking up the supplies, to have the donations shipped to the island. Puerto Rico Rises is working through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Puerto Rican Governor’s Office in Washington, D.C.
She said it has been “sad” and “hard” to see what has happened to her homeland, but knows that Puerto Rico will be restored. Her own father is down there and she had not been able to make contact with him, as of September 28. “I know in my heart that he’s OK,” she said.
Beam works at Bryn Mawr Camp, above Honesdale. Bryn Mawr has made a warehouse available to gather the donations for shipment, she said.
Beam is also the coach for Girls’ Varsity Basketball at Honesdale High School.
She said that the response to the local drive has been great. She expressed confidence that fellow Americans will not forget Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, and whether or not they are from the island, they will see that we’re all human.
For more information call Pilar Beam, 787-955-5809 or Teresa Zarcone-Perez, 305-332-7001; email puertorriquenos.nepennsylvania@gmail.com or follow Puerto Rico Rises on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/puertoricorisesnepa/