Ways to Help in Puerto Rico

Aaron Austin | January 20, 2020

The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America is a Program Partner with the Alliance of Baptists.  Uniting Baptists with peacemakers from various faith traditions across North America, the BPFNA provides resources, training, and advocacy while working for justice.  They have recently published a simple guide with ways that we can help the continuing relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

From the BPFNA's most recent newsletter:

If you’re looking for somewhere to donate funds or supplies to help with relief efforts in Puerto Rico, please see below for a couple options. These sources were provided to us by people in our network on the ground doing this work, so you can be assured that all funds and supplies will go to where they are needed.

Monetary Donations

  1. Monetary donations can be sent to the Baptist Churches of PR (PR). Mail checks to PR, PMB 199 PO BOX 6017, Carolina, PR 00984-6017. If you would prefer to wire funds to their bank account, please email Allison at allison@bpfna.org for this information.
  2. You can also send funds through BPFNA. Please select "Puerto Rico Relief Efforts."

Needed Supplies and Goods

To donate needed supplies, please send those to La Primera Iglesia Bautista de Rio Piedras, 1058 Calle Brumbaugh, Rio Piedras, PR 00925. 

What’s needed:

  • Boxes or jugs of water
  • Water for babies
  • Disposable baby diapers (different sizes)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Women’s sanitary napkins
  • Over the counter medicines (Panadol, Tylenol, Benadril)
  • Off bug repellent 
  • Boxed milk
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby food
  • Powdered milk 
  • Small boxes of cereals
  • Disposable cutlery, plates, glasses, etc.
  • Large trash bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels 
  • Shelter tents
  • Blankets 
  • Pillows
  • Pet food
  • Nonperishable foods that can be eaten without cooking
  • Disinfectants (Lysol, Odor Ban, etc.)

Volunteering

If anyone wants to volunteer with relief efforts in Puerto Rico and isn't sure where to start, please contact Crucita Ortiz, Executive Associate Minister of Baptist Churches of PR, at cortizma@ibpr.org.

Other

  1. Watch this video for an update from the Young Adults group of Baptist Churches of Puerto Rico.
  2. Join this Facebook group for ongoing updates about relief efforts in Puerto Rico through American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS).
  3. See pictures from Interim Executive Director Doris Garcia who has been on the ground helping communities around the island.

 

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