Sununu: Drop donations to aid Puerto Rico on State House lawn

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Gov. Chris Sununu flanked by Yaritza Rodriguez, right, who has been working to find a way to send items to Puerto Rico, where she has family members. Courtsey Photo

CONCORD, NH – Day three of Yaritza Rodriguez’s quest to help send essential items like non-perishable food and water took a big turn. She found herself on the steps of the New Hampshire State House, standing next to Gov. Chris Sununu, as he laid out an initiative for all of New Hampshire citizens who would like to donate to aid those in Puerto Rico left stranded by Hurricane Maria.

On October 3 and 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Granite Staters can drop off bottled water and non-perishable foods at the State House lawn to help fulfill the needs of the residents of Puerto Rico, Sununu said.

Sununu announced the initiative which was launched in conjunction with the state Department of Emergency Management, to accept in-kind donations for victims of the developing humanitarian crisis caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.

“Today, I am proud to officially kick-off and announce New Hampshire’s response to help Puerto Rico, led by New Hampshire’s dedicated and generous state employees,” said Sununu. “Since these tragedies, generous granite Staters have called and emailed our office asking how they can help. They’ve offered water, canned goods, and other non-perishable items. Yaritza Rodriguez, a Manchester resident, has collected over three pallets-worth of non-perishable goods for the people of Puerto Rico, but has no way to send them. Granite Staters can pull up right up alongside the state house, and drop off their donations. No donation is too small or insignificant.”

On Tuesday, NH Sen. Lou D’Allesandro announced that Director of NH Homeland Security Perry Plummer was involved in figuring out how to transport items from New Hampshire to Puerto Rico.

Only dated and non-expired bottled water and non-perishable food items can be accepted. The following items are best:

  • Bottled water
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables
  • Can openers
  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried fruit
  • Canned juices
  • Non-perishable pasteurized milk
  • High energy foods
  • Food for infants
  • Comfort/stress foods

Those interested in making a monetary donation can go to and follow the links to donate to a reputable national, regional, or local disaster response organization. For further information, please call 2-1-1, New Hampshire’s statewide, comprehensive, information and referral service operated by Granite United Way.

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