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Mayors’ Association joins help efforts for Matthew victims

By on October 13, 2016

SAN JUAN — The Mayors’ Association of Puerto Rico (AAPR by its Spanish acronym) joined the State Department to use the institution’s headquarters in Puerto de Tierra as a collection center for medicine and necessities for Hurricane Matthew victims in Cuba and Haiti.

AAPR President Rolando Ortiz Velázquez said that in order to ease the management of contributions from municipalities, philanthropical organizations and the general population, “our offices in Puerto de Tierra will have an extended schedule tomorrow (Friday) from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. during work hours.”

Victims of cholera receive treatment at the state hospital after Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti. Saturday Oct. 8, 2016. Aid has begun pouring into the hard-hit town, where thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed and many people were running low on food and facing an increased risk for cholera. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Victims of cholera receive treatment at the state hospital after Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti. Aid has begun pouring into the hard-hit town, where thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed and many people were running low on food and facing an increased risk for cholera. ( AP / Dieu Nalio Chery)

Ortiz Velázquez, Cayey mayor and spokesperson of the association, explained that each municipality may designate an official to raise a collection center, who in turn will be a link with the AAPR to send articles to its headquarters.

“Once we conclude the effort, we will send the contributions to the State Department for their eventual distribution to our brothers affected by Matthew in the Caribbean,” he added.

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AAPR Executive Director Gretchen Hau, provided a list of first necessities for the operative “Friendly Hand to Caribbean Brothers” (Mano Amiga a los hermanos caribeños); among them, clothing, bottled water, hydrating beverages, canned foods -preferably non-perishable-, and cleaning products.

Personal hygiene products such as diapers, woolen blankets, mattresses and unexpired medicine are indispensable to help the afflicted.

Hau added that construction tools, shovels, wheelbarrows, solar lamps, batteries and lanterns are necessary to begin rebuilding the cities that were devastated by the fatal atmospheric phenomenon.

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