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    Exactly where to donate to help aid those impacted by the humanitarian crisis that has taken over Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria.

    By Brooke Schuldt

    Photo: welcome.topuertorico.org

    Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the United States, has endured heartbreaking devastation from Hurricane Maria, resulting in a humanitarian crisis that has left millions of American citizens with no safe drinking water or electricity. Homes, businesses, and land have been destroyed, and the island is struggling to put itself back together after what some have called “apocalyptic devastation.” Here are 21 ways that you can donate both money and supplies to relief efforts right now.

    Know Where You’re Sending Your Money

    Before giving money to a charity, make sure to check its credentials to avoid scammers. Websites like Charity NavigatorCharity Watch or Better Business Bureau are helpful, though keep in mind that some smaller charities may not be included in their databases.

    Donate, Donate, Donate

    Send Supplies

    According to PBS, the government of Puerto Rico has outlined how people can send emergency and construction supplies to the region, which you can view here. The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is also accepting donations. Columbus Pre-School (606 Columbus Ave (89th St), 2nd Floor) is also hosting a Hurricane Relief Diaper Drive, where they will take sealed and unopened diapers of any size. Donation dates are September 27-29 from 8:30am-5:00pm, and October 2-6 from 8:30am-5:00pm.

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