NY, NH sending help to Puerto Rico

ALBANY, N.Y. (WCAX) New York and New Hampshire are both making plans to send help to Puerto Rico.

The U.S. territory is facing a growing crisis ever since Hurricane Maria pounded the island. One week after the hurricane devastated the island, only 30 percent of the hospitals are open. Most of the Island remains without power or cellphone service. Food, water and fuel are still hard to find.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday the state has organized an aid package which includes 34,000 bottles of water, more than 10,000 ready-to-eat meals, 1,400 cots and four Black Hawk helicopters.

"Anything this state can do, we will do. On any level," said Cuomo, D-New York.

More than 100 emergency personnel from New York City have gone to help. The city is expecting an influx of Puerto Ricans escaping the crisis.

There are about 1 million people of Puerto Rican descent in New York, the largest Puerto Rican community outside of the island itself.

And New Hampshire is also stepping up to help.

Wednesday, Gov. Chris Sununu, R-New Hampshire, announced that on Oct. 3, people can drop off bottled water and nonperishable foods to the Statehouse lawn to send to residents on the island.

The details:

Oct. 3 and 4 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Granite Staters can drop off bottled water and nonperishable foods at the Statehouse lawn to help fulfill the needs of the residents of Puerto Rico.
Only dated and nonexpired bottled water and nonperishable food items can be accepted. The following items are best:
• Bottled water
• Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables
• Can openers
• Protein or fruit bars
• Dry cereal or granola
• Peanut butter
• Dried fruit
• Canned juices
• Non-perishable pasteurized milk
• High energy foods
• Food for infants
• Comfort/stress foods

Click here for information on how to make a monetary donation or call 211.