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Western Mass United for Puerto Rico Collecting Donations for those in Puerto Rico Affected by Hurricane Maria at Springfield Locations

Friday, September 22, 2017

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, along with Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick, Health & Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Executive Director of Parks, Recreation and Building Management Patrick Sullivan and Chief of Staff Denise R. Jordan, are joining State Representative Carlos Gonzalez and Western Mass United for Puerto Rico (WMUPR) to announce that the City of Springfield is accepting donations to assist the families affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The EF4 hurricane has left the island devastated and ravaged. Mayor Sarno urges residents to come together to provide any measure of assistance.

Mayor Sarno said, “Having witnessed and managed three natural disasters right here in Springfield, I know firsthand the devastation the island of Puerto Rico is living through. The pictures and news stories tell the story and it is unimaginable. My heart goes out to the people of Puerto Rico, and to our local families who are desperate to communicate with their loved ones who are now isolated from day to day communication with the United States. I have directed the aforementioned cabinet members to coordinate accepting donations listed at specific drop off points in the city. We will work with WMUPR to get these items to Puerto Rico at the earliest possible time.”

The following locations are accepting donations from Monday, September 25th to Friday, October 6th:

  • Richard E. Neal Operations Center (DPW Building), 70 Tapley Street

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Greenleaf Community Center/Clodo Concepcion Community Center, 1188 Parker Street
    Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Brightwood Library, 359 Plainfield Street

Hours: Monday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Indian Orchard Community Center, 111 Main Street, Indian Orchard

Hours: Monday and Tuesday only 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • Mason Square Library, 765 State Street

Hours: Monday and Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Friday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Springfield Election Office, City Hall, 36 Court Street, Room 8

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

City of Springfield employees will also be collecting items internally in conjunction with the Springfield Public Schools. Superintendent Warwick has designated two days to allow students and parents ONLY to bring items to their schools.  These collection dates will be held on, Thursday, September 28th and Friday September 29th.  Letters will be distributed to all Springfield Public School students.

The following items are needed by the people of Puerto Rico:

  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Survival water purifier tablets
  • First aid kids
  • Band-Aids
  • Small tool kits
  • Hygiene products
  • Sewing kits
  • Small fire extinguishers
  • Manual can openers
  • Wrenches
  • Battery operated radios
  • Garbage bags
  • Dish soap
  • Paper cups, paper plates and plastic utensils
  • Latex gloves and work gloves
  • Baby wipes
  • Sterile eyewash
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Adhesive tape
  • Pre-packaged tarps


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