Rockland County is coming to the rescue.
County Executive Ed Day, the Rockland Legislature and community leaders announced plans Wednesday to deliver aid to the residents of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
"The relationship between Rockland County and Puerto Rico goes back generations," Day said. "The ties run deep. And so does the pain and disruption to so many lives in the aftermath of this natural disaster."
From Thursday to Sunday, from noon to 8 p.m. at Rockland's Fire Training Center, the county will be collecting baby formula, diapers, wipes, cases of water, flashlights, camping lanterns, batteries, tarps, blankets, portable radios, new first aid kits and feminine hygiene products.
The donated good will then be delivered in an 18-wheeler generously to the Army National Guard Armory in Yonkers. Once the items are brought to Yonkers, the National Guard will pack them onto military cargo plans and deliver them to the Puerto Rico.
Over the next several months, the County's Executive Office and Fire and Emergency Service will develop a multi-pronged relief effort that will continuously assess the requests for support coming from the island.
The county is also surveying volunteers to see if they would be willing to go to Puerto Rico if needed.
Rockland officials will coordinate with the state, FEMA and the Office of Emergency Management in Puerto Rico.
"We will do whatever we can to assist the people of Puerto Rico as they recover from this disaster," Day said. "We are in it for the long haul."
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