News Maria: How New Yorkers can help hurricane victims Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wroblewski By Nicole Brown and Lauren Cook email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Updated October 3, 2017 8:49 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Hurricane Maria was the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years. Over a week after the hurricane hit, most of the island's 3.4 million residents were still without power and were struggling to find clean water and fuel. If you want to help the victims of the hurricane, there are a number of organizations accepting donations. You can also donate supplies to several local drop-off spots. recommended reading NY Task Force 1 heads to Puerto Rico in the wake of Maria Scroll down for more information. DONATE MONEY The fastest option is to donate money to an organization that is providing relief to hurricane victims. The organizations listed below are accredited charities by the Better Business Bureau that are raising money for relief assistance. Overall aid American Red Cross Global Giving Operation USA recommended reading Cuomo travels to Puerto Rico to aid in hurricane recovery Save the Children Health: Emergency medicine and supplies AmeriCares Direct Relief MAP International (also faith-based) Faith-based charities Islamic Relief USA Salvation Army United Methodist Committee on Relief DONATE SUPPLIES There are several locations across the city that are accepting donations that will be delivered to Puerto Rico. Citywide drive: Firehouses and EMS stations are collecting diapers, baby food, batteries, first aid supplies and feminine hygiene products. Click here for a list of participating stations. Empire State relief drive: State officials are collecting batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water and feminine hygiene products. Find the list of participating locations here. NYPD relief donation drive: All the NYPD precincts are collecting rubber gloves, heavy duty construction gloves, anti-bacterial wipes, battery operated flashlights and lanterns, filtered face masks, diapers, dry baby food, batteries, first aid supplies and feminine hygiene products. Find your closest precinct here. Caribbean Relief Project: New York State Sen. Jesse Hamilton's office has also set up drop-off locations in Brooklyn. They will accept canned and non-perishable food, cases of bottled water, baby food, diapers, sanitary wipes, bath soap, dry shampoo, hygiene and feminine products, flashlights, batteries, first-aid kits, mosquito repellent, sleeping bags, towels, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Click here for the participating locations. With Reuters By Nicole Brown and Lauren Cook email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.