The School of Pharmacy is gathering supplies to be sent to Puerto Rico next week in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The situation on the island, which is a United States territory and home to U.S. citizens, is becoming increasingly desperate, with power still out, supplies such as food, water, and gasoline dwindling, and critical infrastructure crumbling. Restoration will take a long time. The focus now is on survival.
The following items are needed:
• Antibiotic ointments
• Baby and adult pain relief medications
• First-aid kits
• Hand sanitizer
• Mosquito repellent
• Stomach and diarrhea relief medicine
Supply bins have been placed in the Dean’s Office (Room N309) in Pharmacy Hall to accept donations, which are needed by noon on Monday, Oct. 2. All items collected will be sent to Puerto Rico via JetBlue and through EMD Sales, a local company collaborating with the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration.
In addition, monetary donations can be made to United for Puerto Rico, an organization created by the territory’s first lady, Beatriz Rosselló. Funds collected will be used to provide aid and support to those affected by the hurricane.
The American Red Cross also has established relief campaigns for those affected by Hurricane Maria. To donate, go to this web page.
The School of Pharmacy thanks you for your support of our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico.