NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio today announced 18 firehouses and EMS stations across the five boroughs where New Yorkers can donate critically-needed items for Hurricane Maria relief.

“New York City stands in solidarity with those affected by Hurricane Maria, and many of us are looking for ways to help. We’re encouraging New Yorkers to donate these critically-needed items at a local drop-off site,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“Donations of necessities – such as baby food, feminine hygiene products, and first aid supplies – are of utmost importance after any natural disaster, and can help relieve the burden on residents and families who are struggling after the impact of the recent storm,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “I strongly encourage New Yorkers to donate at their nearest participating firehouse or EMS station, or volunteer in whichever capacity possible. New Yorkers have always helped out our neighbors in times of need, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, we stand ready to provide assistance to Puerto Rico.”

The City encourages donation of items that are critically needed for recovery. These items will be delivered to families directly affected by the storm. Below is a list of items New York City is collecting to send to those affected by Hurricane Maria:

·         Diapers
·         Baby food
·         Batteries
·         First Aid Supplies
·         Feminine Hygiene Products

Please note the City is only collecting the items listed above. All donated items must be non-perishable, not second-hand, nor contain any liquids of any kind. Open or unsealed donations of food or hygiene supplies will not be accepted. Wet wipes will also not be accepted. Any other items will be kindly returned.

There are 18 drop off locations accepting donations across all five boroughs. Donations will be accepted during the hours of 7 am through 9 pm. Please be aware that FDNY members at these locations may not be present during drop-off hours if they are responding to an emergency.

·                 Engine 28/ Ladder 11: 242 E. 111th Street, New York, NY 11220 (East Harlem)
·                 Engine 95/ Ladder 36: 29 Vermilyea Avenue, New York, NY 10033 (Inwood)
·                 Engine 28/ Ladder 11: 222 E. 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009 (Lower East Side)

·                 EMS Station 26: 1264 Boston Road, Bronx NY 10456 (Morrisania)
·                 EMS Station 55: 3134 Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451 (Melrose)
·                 Engine 64/ Ladder 47: 1214 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 (Castle Hill)
·                 Engine 83/ Ladder 29: 618 E. 138th Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (Mott Haven/South Bronx)


·                 Engine 316: 27-12 Kearney Street, Queens, NY 11369 (East Elmhurst)
·                 Engine 289/ Ladder 138: 97-28 43rd Avenue, Queens, NY 11368 (Corona)
·                 Engine 307/ Ladder 154: 81-17 Northern Boulevard, Queens, NY 11372 (Jackson Heights)

·                 Engine 271/ Ladder 124: 392 Himrod Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)
·                 Engine 277/ Ladder 112: 582 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  11221 (Bushwick)
·                 Engine 201/ Ladder 114: 5113 4th Avenue,  Brooklyn, NY  11220 ( Sunset Park)
·                 Engine 228: 436 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 (Sunset Park)
·                 Engine 218: 650 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick)


Staten Island 
·                 Engine 153/ Ladder 77: 74 Broad Street, Staten Island, NY 10304 (Stapleton)
·                 Engine 157/ Ladder 80: 1573 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302 (Port Richmond)
·                 Ladder 79: 1189 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310 (Port Richmond)

“Puerto Rico needs our immediate assistance. I urge everyone to do what they can to support relief efforts, and I am grateful to Mayor de Blasio for opening up these drop-off sites to make it easier for New Yorkers to give close to home,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

“New Yorkers have deep personal ties to Puerto Rico.  For many of us, Puerto Ricans are family, both literally and figuratively.  New Yorkers take care of one another and that spirit extends to this current catastrophe in Puerto Rico and other Hurricane-impacted areas.  I encourage all those interested in helping to avail themselves of these local drop-off sites.  I commend the Mayor for getting these resources in place so quickly,” said U.S. Representative Nydia M. Velázquez.

“As a the Representative of an area hit particularly hard by Superstorm Sandy, I know the importance of supporting communities hard hit by natural disasters,” said U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney. “I am incredibly proud of our city for coming together in this difficult time to support our fellow Americans. Thank you to Mayor de Blasio for making it easier for all of us to help out how we can.”

“As the resilient island of Puerto Rico begins the rebuilding process, we must band together in a unified effort to provide emergency relief. I am particularly proud of our first responders who remain committed to not only serving New Yorkers but all of those in need. Going forward I will be working jointly with FDNY Engine 64, Ladder 47 to collect essential goods for the victims of this natural disaster,” said Council Member Annabel Palma.

“Our Puerto Rican friends and family need help right now, and this is an easy way for all of us to chip in,” said Council Member Rafael Salamanca, Jr. “Join Mayor de Blasio and me by dropping off the items listed at our local EMS facilities.”