CONCORD, N.H. — People dropped off bottled water, canned goods and other non-perishable food items at New Hampshire’s Statehouse on Tuesday to help residents in Puerto Rico recover from devastating hurricanes.
Dated, non-expired items are being accepted through 6 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities say 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.
Perry Plummer, New Hampshire’s director of homeland security, tells WMUR-TV 150 state employees are 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; non-perishable pasteurized milk; high-energy foods; food for infants; and comfort/stress foods. A guide to monetary donations is at ReadyNH.gov.
“They’re running out of food,” said John Feliciano, who has relatives on the island. “That was heart-breaking. It’s just tough to see that.”