City of Aurora holding donation drive to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

City of Aurora holding donation drive to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
Posted at 5:21 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 19:21:32-04

DENVER – It’s been nearly a month since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, but the City of Aurora wants to make sure those most affected by the hurricane aren't forgotten.

City officials announced Wednesday they will be holding two donation drives during the month of October to aid victims left with little to nothing in the aftermath of the storm.

The effort came after San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz pleaded for help via the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The response team in Aurora will be collecting the following unused items so they can be shipped to the island:

  • Food (non-perishable items only)
  • Bottled water
  • Diapers (for children and adults)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Solar-powered items
  • New portable generators

The items will be collected from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 an Saturday, Oct. 28. The items will be collected in the parking lots of these locations in Aurora:

  • Town Center of Aurora, 14200 E. Alameda Avenue
  • Walmart, 6101 S. Aurora Parkway
  • Costco, 1471 S. Havana Street
  • Walmart, 5650 S. Chambers Road

Money donations will not be accepted but residents are encouraged to make financial donations to organizations providing direct relief to those affected.

“Last month, I challenged the city to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and the overwhelming response really showed the compassion and caring of Aurora residents,” Mayor Hogan said. “Now, seeing and hearing the difficult stories coming out of Puerto Rico, and receiving the specific request for help through the U.S. Conference of Mayors, I know this city can again step up and make a difference.”

If you’re interested in volunteering at either a donation collection site or with warehousing/packing, contact the city here. For more information about how you can help, go here.