The destruction in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria is nothing short of devastating. Some 3.4 million residents are without power and running water. Access to communications and basic infrastructure is terribly limited. And the recovery process will be measured in months to years, not days to weeks. The fact that it is an island makes recovery all that much harder. Planes and ships are the only option for delivering supplies and the infrastructure to receive them lies somewhere between limited access and trashed. It turns out being an AvGeek means making a lot of connections with people in the aviation industry (duh!) and in times of crisis like this calling on those connections can bring about huge and positive results.
Welcome to Operation Puerto Rico Care-Lift
Thanks to cooperation between Discovery’s Lara Richardson, 2C Creative’s Chris and Carla Sloan, CargoNationExpress and hundreds of others around the country a convoy of relief flights is gearing up to deliver supplies to the island. DC-3s and Convairs will soon be flying in cargo from South Florida to either Aguadilla or Mayaguez where a distribution team of locals awaits or, if those airports remain unusable, to Isla Grande or SJU in San Juan. No matter what the resources are headed into the hands of the Puerto Rican people who so desperately need them.
We’re in AWE at the $50K+ in donations & supplies thanks to you! We’re securing additional airlift to Puerto Rico. https://t.co/KMj6DfvXDv
— Chris Sloan (@airchive) September 26, 2017
And you can help.
The group needs help with stocking the planes.
There is a wishlist on Amazon (use your favorite click-through portal to get the points) and goods can be delivered to the 2C Media offices in South Florida (details below). Or you can donate cash so that the team can buy the supplies it needs. EVERYTHING helps. Even just a little bit.
If you are in Miami, you can bring supplies to 2C at: 12550 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 700 North Miami, FL 33181 Attn: Nikki Coloma, 305-672-8229. Items included are Pedialyte/Gatorade (POWDER ONLY!), personal care kits (toothpaste, tooth brushes, tampons, soap, shampoo), water purification tablets, diapers, flashlights, small radios (solar/battery operated), small tents, sleeping bags, mosquito repellent/bug spray, canned non-perishable foods, first aid kits, baby formula, gloves, hand sanitizer, trash bags and towels.
UPDATE from the organizers:
At this time, we have closed our Amazon Wish list and have suspended accepting physical supplies for the time being due to the overwhelming volume. We estimate we are up to 50,000 pounds of supplies – enough to fill 5 Airbus A321’s.
We are still accepting monetary donations which will aid in our distribution and will be converted into supplies one the grounds and gift cards to Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Walgreens when they have re-opened.
When we can handle more, we will re-institute our physical donations.
Please continue to donate and don’t delay as TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.
I hope you’ll join me in supporting this effort.
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