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Local groups collecting donations for Puerto Rico

Posted at 9:50 PM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 21:50:10-04

Western New Yorkers have been donating, in large amounts, to the Puerto Rico relief fund.

Everyone involved at the Belle Center on Maryland Street in Buffalo say they are thrilled with the support.

“The influx and the passion and the love from the community to be able to contribute non-perishable items has been enormous,” said Casimiro Rodriguez of the Hispanic Heritage Council.

Satellite locations at Buffalo City Hall and St. Anthony Church have seen large donations as well. The donation drive at the church in Lackawanna has been so successful, it has been extended until October 6.

Local cycling groups are also getting involved. A special Thursday evening ‘Slow Roll’ is being planned.

Some donation centers are even willing to come pick up donations from those that can’t make it to a collection center.

Groups will also have some special help when it comes to loading the donations.

“The Army is coming this week to show us how to load the canned goods and the items that we receive to put them together so we can send them and they can pick it up,” said Maritza Vega with Urban Bike Riders.

The Belle Center is also accepting financial donations for Puerto Rico and are encouraging Western New York corporations to help in local efforts.