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Several weeks ago, the island of Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria. The hurricane destroyed buildings, left residents without power and created food and water shortages. In times of crisis, the Town of Huntersville rallies around its neighbors to help. In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, the Town of Huntersville is partnering with the North Carolina Chapter of Puerto Rico Rises and the Lake Norman community to garner supplies desperately needed by the island of Puerto Rico.

  

Listed below is information for the upcoming Puerto Rico Rises Aid Event provided by the North Carolina Chapter of Puerto Rico Rises. We encourage residents and businesses to donate and attend the event on Sunday, October 22. All questions should be directed to event organizer, Jocelyn Negron-Rios at Mariposalatina24@hotmail.com.

What: Donation drive organized for those living in the Lake Norman community to garner desperately needed supplies i.e., medical supplies, medicine (OTC), first aid, water and life straws (a device that filters the water for drinking) for the island of Puerto Rico. We are looking for community business sponsorships and partnerships. Monetary donations are being accepted to assist in the crisis through http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/.

Our goal is to continue to keep this humanitarian crisis at the forefront of our minds as American citizens living on the island of Puerto Rico will continue to grapple with the devastation for months.

Puerto Rico Rises is a collective grassroots movement in partnership with United for Puerto Rico, an organization created as a direct response to help the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria by the Governor’s Office. It is an operation that aims to unify all the current ground support across the United States by empowering city leaders to mobilize their communities, organize donations and effectively manage and assist in partnership with the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration to coordinate ongoing initiatives on the US mainland for humanitarian aid.

Who: Community members, civic & business leaders, members of the media are invited to attend. Interview and photo opportunities with event organizers and supporters can be arranged prior to event.

When: Sunday, October 22, 2017; 1:00-3:00 PM; If you cannot make the October 22 event, you can drop supplies off at Huntersville Town Hall (101 Huntersville-Concord Road) until Friday, October 20 at 5:00pm.

Where: Grand Oak Elementary School, 15410 Stumptown Road, Huntersville, NC 28078

List of Items Being Collected:
Over the Counter (OTC) pain pills and creams for children and adults: Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Motrin, Neosporin, Iodine, Antibacterial Creams and Antifungal Creams
Emergen-C and Airborne
Adults Diapers
First Aid Supplies
First Aid Kits
Alcohol
Peroxide
Disposable gloves
Gauze
Adhesive Tape
Ice Gel
Mosquito Repellent
Tablets for Water Purification
Life Straws
Bottled Water
Surgical Gloves
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