Governor Carney, Agencies and ILA Partner for Puerto Rico Donation Drive
Donated items will be accepted at Delaware State Police, Port of Wilmington
WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), Delaware State Police, and Delaware Citizen Corps, in conjunction with the International Longshoremen’s Association and the Port of Wilmington, announced on Thursday a campaign to gather donated supplies to aid relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
“Delawareans always stand ready to assist those in need, and our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico need our support,” said Governor Carney. “Members of our National Guard continue to assist with disaster response, and our thoughts continue to be with everyone in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. We look out for our neighbors here in Delaware, and I urge Delawareans to support this effort however possible.”
“The emergency management communities have seen challenges like no other this year,” said A.J. Schall, Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency. “I’m proud DEMA has been able to assist other states via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, and I am glad we can join with our private partners and non-profits to support Puerto Rico.”
The transportation of the items to Puerto Rico will be organized and shipped by the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) 1694, led by ILA 1694 President Bill Ashe.
Donated supplies can be dropped off at Delaware State Police Troop locations throughout the state, as well as at the Port of Wilmington.
*A list of supplies that will be accepted is available below.
Donations will be accepted at the following Delaware State Police locations Monday through Sunday between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. until Wednesday, October 18:
- Delaware State Police Headquarters – 1441 N. DuPont Highway, Dover 19903
- State Police Troop 1 – 603 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington 19809
- State Police Troop 2 – 100 Lagrange Avenue, Newark 19702
- State Police Troop 3 – 3759 South State Street, Camden 19934
- State Police Troop 4 – 23652 Shortly Road, Georgetown 19947
- State Police Troop 5 – 9265 Public Safety Way, Bridgeville 19933
- State Police Troop 6 – 3301 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington 19808
- State Police Troop 7 – 18006 Coastal Highway, Lewes 19958
- State Police Troop 9 – 414 Main Street, Odessa 19730
Donations will also be accepted at the Port of Wilmington Monday through Saturday between 7:00 a.m. and noon until Saturday, October 21:
- Port of Wilmington – 1 Hausel Road, Wilmington, DE 19801
*Because of Port security, members of the public donating items must check in at Lane 4 of the Port’s main gate. Security Officers will direct donors from that point to the collection area. All loose items should be placed in boxes.
Items needed in Puerto Rico include:
- Baby formulas and food (Similac and Enfamil from all stages) *no other food will be accepted
- First aid supplies
- Stomach and diarrhea medications
- Hand sanitizer
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries and feminine-hygiene products
- Dish soap and laundry detergents
- Garbage bags
- Work gloves, tarps, ropes, safety glasses and goggles
- Pet food
The public is reminded that the following items will not be accepted:
- Clothing and shoes
- Toys or stuffed animals
- Bottled water
Monetary donations will not be accepted at the collection sites. Delawareans wishing to make monetary donations may do so securely online through National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.
Delawareans interested in volunteer opportunities can find instructions online at the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster’s website.