The devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria has paralyzed the Caribbean islands, in particular the US Commonwealth island, Puerto Rico. But help has been slow to come to communities where the devastation is described as “apocalyptic.”

Various Atlanta area businesses and charity outreach organizations are collecting donations to assist with aid to Puerto Rico and its citizens.

If you would like to donate you can do so at one of these drop-off locations:

  • Marietta’s New Theatre In The Square, 11 Whitlock Avenue NW, Marietta, Ga.
  • Prep Atlanta, 3300 Marjan Drive, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Buen Provecho Restaurant, 2468 Windy Hill Road. Marietta, Ga.
  • Porch Light Latin Kitchen, 300 Village Green Cir SE, Smyrna, Ga.   

Some of the items needed include:

1. Bottled water (there is no drinking water on the island)

2. Insect repellent (this is critical!!)

3. Ziploc bag with travel-sized toiletries

4. Canned goods (preferably those with a pull top opening)

5. Powdered milk

6. Hand sanitizer

7. Batteries (any size but especially C and D)

8. Baby formula

9. Diapers

10. Adult diapers

11. Baby wipes

12. First aid kits

13. Nonprescription medicine (for children and adults)

14. Gently used clothing (no winter clothes please!)

15. Cleaning supplies

16. Feminine hygiene products

17. Duct tape

18. Trash bags

19. Disposable silverware

20. Sheets

21. Towels

22. Battery powered fans

23. Gloves