Donations for Puerto Rico can be dropped off at State House through Wednesday

  • Donated goods arrive at the State House in Concord on Tuesday morning.  Geoff Forester / Monitor staff

Associated Press
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

People dropped off bottled water, canned goods and other nonperishable food items at the State House on Tuesday to help residents in Puerto Rico recover from devastating hurricanes.

Dated, non-expired items were being accepted through 6 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities said the goal is to ship 10 tractor-trailer loads of goods to Puerto Rico, where many residents still are without electricity nearly two weeks after the storms. Much of the countryside is still struggling to access such basic necessities as food, fresh water and cash.

By 4 p.m. Monday, more than 250 pallets of supplies had been donated, according to a spokesman for the Department of Safety.

Perry Plummer, New Hampshire’s director of homeland security, told WMUR that 150 state employees were rotating during the two days to handle the donations. He said the state is working with trucking companies to take the goods as far as Florida and talking to people who might be able to fly the items onto the island.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, called for the donations after people called and emailed his office asking how they could help. Items needed include bottled water; ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables; protein or fruit bars; dry cereal or granola; dried fruit; peanut butter; nonperishable pasteurized milk; high-energy foods; food for infants; and comfort/stress foods. A guide to monetary donations is at ReadyNH.gov.

Speaking after making his own donation – water bottles, peanuts and granola – Sununu praised the effort.

“I’m incredibly proud to see the constant stream of cars come up here and just constantly dropping off their stuff,” he said. “It really takes a couple minutes of your time, just to pull in here, drop some stuff off. The team takes it from there.”

“They’re running out of food,” said John Feliciano, who said he has relatives on the island. “That was heartbreaking. It’s just tough to see that.”