SPRINGVILLE – Both the Hulbert Library of the Town of Concord and village residents are asking for help in collecting donations for people affected by Hurricane Maria. The Category 4 hurricane hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 leaving most of the U.S. territory without electricity.
Since the hurricane, access to drinking water has been restored to 50 percent of Puerto Rico, according to FEMA, with 5.4 percent customers with electricity.
The Hulbert Library is joining The Central Library and Buffalo branches as a drop off location for needed items. The library will be collecting donated items through Oct. 10.
On Oct. 7, residents can also drop off items to be donated at the Springbrook Apartment main office. Justin Proctor, who lives in North Carolina, contacted his dad about helping out with relief efforts.
Proctor works for Birds Caribbean, an organization dedicated to the conservation of wild birds and their habitats in the insular Caribbean. Though he hasn’t been to Puerto Rico, Proctor has collaborated with people who have worked on the island.
“I think everyone wants to help … and it’s just a matter of doing it,” Proctor said. “Toiletries and cleaning products are what’s being collected … I’m sure they can use everything.”
Proctor explained the donated items will be delivered through FEMA or a subsidiary and distributed from there.
Items being accepted at the library include water, batteries, candles, diapers, canned food, baby formula and feminine products. Springbrook Apartments will be collecting other toiletries including toothbrushes and toothpaste.
New toiletries can be dropped off from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 109 N. Buffalo St., in the apartment complex's main office. Items can also be dropped off at the library. For more information on how to help those affected, visit www.FEMA.gov.