How Austinites can help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

AUSTIN - After Hurricane Maria's devastating wrath, the island of Puerto Rico is living off the grid, with many people going days without basic necessities, according to USA Today.

The government said the storm that struck Sept. 20 is the worst they've seen in 80 years.

In Austin, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center is accepting donations for Hurricane Maria victims Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 6-8 30 p.m.

The Center said some of the emergency items they're collecting include baby and adult diapers, baby food and formula, female hygiene items, mosquito repellant, batteries and first aid items.

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Water, canned foods (with ring openers), snacks, non-perishables (ready to eat), blankets, towels, men/women/children underwear, general hygiene items (shampoo, soap, toothpaste) are also needed, according to the Center's Facebook page.

A truck is expected to transport items to San Antonio Thursday, representatives said.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center is located in the 701 block of Tillery Street.

Officials said Chago's Carribean Cuisine is also collecting supplies until Oct. 23. They are open during normal business hours, but are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

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