Donation Drop-Off Locations
Puerto Rico

Donation Drop-Off Locations in the U.S. for Puerto Rico

We decided to create a separate list of just Donation Drop-Off Locations in Puerto Rico (non-monetary donations).

Last updated 10/13/2017

Because we have been getting many requests about donation opportunities or how to donate items to Puerto Rico, we decided to create a separate list of just Donation Drop-Off Locations in Puerto Rico (non-monetary donations).

Please remember to check our list of trusted organizations helping Puerto Rico, since monetary donations are the preference. 

Related: USPS Puerto Rico Service Updates and Fedex Service updates

New! Send Donations Directly to Puerto Rico

Many of you have been asking how to send your collected donations to Puerto Rico directly. This map is of reliable grassroots organizations and collectives doing hurricane relief groundwork in Puerto Rico.

Donation Events by City

Puerto Rico Relief / Donation Drop-off Locations
We are providing this ongoing google docs spreadsheet with information on donation sites by cities. The author is constantly updating the list. His contact info is on the sheet if you wish to contribute.

Official Item List

From a list put together by Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration

  • Batteries!!!
  • Lanterns (please include batteries)
  • Flashlights (please include batteries)
  • Battery-operated, hand-held fans (please include batteries)
  • Radios (please include batteries)
  • Water purifiers
  • Bottled water
  • Canned food
  • Dry food
  • Baby formula
  • Canned milk
  • Canned and dry pet food
  • Baby and adult pain relief meds
  • Stomach and diarrhea relief meds
  • Soap
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Diapers
  • Garbage bags
  • Towels
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • First-aid kits
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Cots
  • Extension cords
  • Hammers
  • Utility knives
  • Work gloves
  • Electric cables
  • Ropes
  • Safety glasses

High-ticket/High-Value Items (marked with “*”)

  • Flexible water containers
  • Portable water purification (e.g. water filters, bottles with embedded filters, etc.)
  • Battery-powered or solar-powered fans, folding and palm hand fans, and those battery-powered fans that also spray water mist
  • Battery-powered, solar-powered, propane-powered, or hand-cranked light sources (light sticks, lanterns, flashlights, lamps)
  • High-absorption towels (e.g. microfiber)
  • Duct tape
  • Car USB adapters and car lighter device chargers
  • Solar panels/solar-powered device chargers (there are small ones used to charge personal devices; 10,000mah or more)
  • Small portable power generators
  • Battery-powered walkie-talkies (short range and long range radios)
  • Battery-powered, solar-powered, or hand-cranked radios
  • AC Inverter for Car

Lighting and temperature control

  • Batteries (AAA, AA, D, 9V)
  • Battery-powered or solar-powered fans, folding and palm hand fans, and those battery-powered fans that also spray water mist*
  • Battery-powered, solar-powered, propane-powered, or hand-cranked light sources (light sticks, lanterns, flashlights, lamps)*
  • Solar panels/solar-powered device chargers (there are small ones used to charge personal devices; 10,000mah or more)
  • Tea-light candles (can be used for lighting and for cooking)
  • Small portable power generators*
  • Extension cords
  • Electric cables

Specifically for Children

  • Baby diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Pacifiers
  • Baby bottles
  • Baby formula and baby food
  • Tylenol (Acetaminophen) for children
  • Motrin (Ibuprofen) for children
  • Toys (no small parts/choking hazards)

Specifically for Pets (e.g. dogs, cats, birds, fish, etc.)

  • Cat food, dry and wet
  • Dog food, dry and wet
  • Bird food
  • Fish food
  • Dog and cat leashes
  • Crates

Communications

  • Battery-powered, solar-powered, or hand-cranked radios*
  • Battery-powered walkie-talkies (short range and long range radios)*
  • Car USB adapters and car lighter device chargers*
  • Solar panels/solar-powered device chargers (there are small ones used to charge personal devices; 10,000mah or more)

Items to Facilitate Food Preparation and Transportation

  • Portable gas stoves
  • Flexible water containers*
  • Temperature insulation -> thermos, water coolers, insulated lunch packs
  • Small portable grills
  • Tea-light candles (can be used for lighting and for cooking)

Non-Perishable Items for Human Consumption

Considerations: small portions are best because a lot of items need refrigeration once they have been opened

  • Bottled water
  • Canned Vegetables (mushrooms, carrots, pickles, olives, etc.)
  • Canned baby formula
  • Canned Beans and other legumes (peas, chickpeas, lentils, kidney, red, black, white, black-eyed peas, etc.)
  • Canned meat (fish, tuna, chicken, SPAM, etc.)
  • Canned fruit (pineapple, clementines, applesauce, etc.)
  • Crackers (saltines, etc.)
  • Peanut butter
  • Shelf-stable condiments
  • Shelf-stable dairy and nondairy products (e.g. milk and nondairy milk, cheese, yogurt)
  • Dried foods such as dried fruits, nuts, and jerky (tofurky, beef jerky, turkey jerky, etc.)
  • Grains (rice, quinoa, couscous)

Personal Hygiene

  • Wipes, Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Diapers, adult diapers
  • Deodorant
  • Pads, tampons, panty liners, diva cups
  • Shaving razors
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss
  • Face and body wash and soap
  • Face and body lotion and creams
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Brush and combs
  • High-absorption towels (e.g. microfiber)*

Cleaning

Survival Tools, Camping Gear,

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the Elements, Shelter

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Helmets
    • Heavy duty work gloves
    • Waterproof clothing, preferably with reflective strips (e.g. jackets, parkas, raincoats, and ponchos)
    • Small umbrellas for shade and rain
    • Safety glasses
    • Rubber boots with grip (to walk around in mud, water, and wet surfaces)
    • Nitrile gloves
    • Earplugs (for construction noises)
  • Sleep, shelter, and protection from the elements
    • Tents
    • Cots, sleeping bags
    • Pillows, blankets
    • Insect repellent (e.g. OFF mosquito repellent)
    • Sunscreen
    • Mosquito Nets
  • Construction materials (PVC pipes, plywood, etc.)
  • Construction tools and toolkits
    • Screwdrivers
    • Screws and nails
    • Drills
    • Hammers
    • Duct tape*
  • Other camping gear
    • Rope
    • Utility knives (e.g. Swiss army knives)
  • Hand-cranked and battery-powered flashlights*
  • Portable water purification (e.g. water filters, bottles with embedded filters, etc.)*
  • Sewing kits

Health

  • Disinfecting wipes (for surfaces and for the hands, including for babies)
  • Reading glasses
  • Portable water purification (e.g. water filters, bottles with embedded filters, etc.)*
  • Multivitamins and other supplements
  • Pain relief medicine
    • Motrin (Ibuprofen) for adults and children
    • Aleve (Naproxen)
    • Tylenol (Acetaminophen) for adults and children
    • Aspirin (81 mg tablets)
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid Kits
  • Topical antibiotics and antiseptics (e.g. Neosporin, Merbromin, Rubbing alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide)
  • Topical anti-itch creams (e.g. Cortisone)
  • Gastrointestinal relief medicine
  • Wound treatment items
    • Nitrile gloves
    • Medical sewing kit
    • Medical forceps
    • Band-aids
    • Gauze
  • Earplugs (for construction noises)
  • Sunscreen/sunblock (50 SPF)
  • Upper respiratory relief medicine
    • Cold/cough meds (Robitussin, cough drops, etc.)
    • Anti-allergy over-the-counter (OTC) medications (Claritin, Zyrtec, etc.)
  • Joint wraps and support braces (e.g. for ankles, knees, elbows, etc.)

Frequently Asked Questions

What if there is no donation event near my city/state?

If there are no events near you, please consider donating money to a trustworthy organization or fundraising campaign. You can find a list of trustworthy organizations and fundraising campaigns in the List of Organizations Fundraising for Puerto Rico in our blog: https://www.losambulantes.com/help-puerto-rico/

You can also donate items through a trustworthy Amazon wish list. Here are two examples:

I’ve collected goods. How can I send them?

Please contact the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) to coordinate the shipment of your goods to Puerto Rico. You can reach them at maria2@prfaa.pr.gov or 202-800-3134.

When will I be able to send goods to my family and friends?

According to a United States Postal Service Service Alert, all post offices in Puerto Rico will remain closed until they deem it safe to reopen. We will post an update on the blog once USPS resumes deliveries to the island. UPS is also currently halting deliveries to the island, until further notice.

Fed Ex appears to be open to deliveries as the situation permits – according to their site, they are “prepared to provide service to the best of our ability in areas affected by the storm and as local conditions allow.”

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