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Local community center to hold hurricane relief drive

The drive will send donations by way of Governor Cuomo's New York Empire State Relief & Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico.
(Image via Wikimedia Commons)
(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

As Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio send aid to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the West Village’s LGBT Center has announced a relief drive to collect donations for survivors.

The drive, which will take place on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 208 West 13th Street, asks for water, batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes and feminine hygiene products. Donations will be sent by way of the governor’s New York Empire State Relief & Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico.

This is only one of several initiatives being taken to address the devastated island where flood waters continue to rise and millions of residents remain without power. On Friday, Cuomo deployed 100 more first responders and state troopers to the area to provide further relief. While a Wednesday announcement from Puerto Rico's governement reported an official death toll of 16, further investigation suggests there are dozens more and that the count could reach the hundreds.