YouGiveGoods delivers supplies and hope to Puerto Rico

The devastation in Puerto Rico from hurricanes Irma and Maria is unfathomable. The island’s entire power system has been wiped out leaving 3.5 million residents without electricity and no end is in sight. It seems the entire island is in survival mode and will be for the foreseeable future.

The people of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands simply can’t survive without outside help. There are many wonderful organizations accepting cash donations but since Puerto Rico is not mainland USA, donating goods to the cause is challenging. YouGiveGoods, a free, online service which specializes in raising and delivering goods to nonprofits, has been working feverishly to get systems set up to get most-needed items delivered to organizations on the ground in Puerto Rico. Learn more about online disaster relief drives for Puerto Rico and USVI.

YouGiveGoods’ team members are in direct contact with the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in order to offer only most-needed goods for purchase online. Per the Salvation Army, items most needed right now include:

  • food & water
  • personal care items (soap, toothpaste, etc.)
  • personal clothing (socks, underwear)
  • diapers & wipes
  • sleeping bags, sleeping mats, mosquito nets

And, the conversation between YouGiveGoods and EDS is open and ongoing. In fact, just a few days ago the EDS alerted the YouGiveGoods team that toilet tissue was a greatly needed item and that same day, toilet tissue was added to all Puerto Rico drive events. As items are purchased and consolidated, YouGiveGoods will be shipping directly to the Salvation Army in San Juan and in the US Virgin Islands who will handle distribution to communities in greatest need.

YouGiveGoods has also partnered with Long Island Cares in the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico. Per NY.gov, “The effort brings together a wide range of civic, business and industry partners to provide needed services, goods and funds to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild, and provides opportunities for New Yorkers to contribute to the relief efforts.” Many NY government leaders and businesses are utilizing YouGiveGoods to raise goods for the effort. All goods ordered online will be shipped directly to Long Island Cares to be consolidated with donations from across the state and delivered to Puerto Rico.

Another nonprofit partner working with YouGiveGoods in the Puerto Rico relief effort is MAP International. MAP International provides medicine and health supplies to people in need around the globe. They are raising products for personal Disaster Health Kits which includes a wash cloth, soap, body wipes, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and bandages. MAP International Disaster Health Kits represent the most immediate need to prevent the spread of sickness following disasters. All donated items will ship to MAP International headquarters in Georgia who will then handle distribution to areas in greatest need in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

YouGiveGoods is also working with Iniciativa Comunitaria, a local Puerto Rican nonprofit which is providing disaster relief services to the community. Items purchased for donation will be shipped to Iniciativa Comunitaria in San Juan.

Businesses are offering their help to areas hit by recent natural disasters but their employees want to help too. Businesses like Aetna, CDW and Diageo have found that YouGiveGoods offers a simple, efficient way for their employees to band together to make an impact in Puerto Rico. The simplicity of online shopping plus the ability to track real-time results help to make it an ideal solution for corporations and their employees looking to help. YouGiveGoods team members are on hand to help businesses large and small set up their own disaster relief drives.

Schools and universities are also utilizing YouGiveGoods to give their communities an opportunity to help Puerto Rico. The Brookstone School in Georgia alone raised over 3,400 items for MAP International disaster health kits!

Drive sponsors and donors alike can feel 100% confident working with YouGiveGoods which has been in business since 2011, is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise. All nonprofit recipients are fully vetted by YouGiveGoods team members. All items purchased online are brand-new and ship in bulk directly to the nonprofit organization. The non-profit knows exactly what is being received in the shipment and since items are bulk packed, there is no sorting necessary at the disaster site.

The people of Puerto Rico will need our help for many months to come. You can make a difference by starting or donating to a drive now or later as part of a holiday giving effort. Look for more updates from YouGiveGoods in the coming weeks.

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