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City Hallways (Sept. 26): Donation drive for Puerto Rico

Help is on the way

Six days after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the island is in the midst of an all-out humanitarian crisis.

There's practically no food and water. Power is still out for most -- if not all -- of the island. The communications grid is disabled. Fuel is scarce.

To help with relief efforts three Western New York Red Cross units were headed to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, on Monday.

Here's how Buffalo area residents can help Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico through Oct. 6:

Drop off supplies at donation boxes set up at drop-off sites in Buffalo City Hall, 35 Erie County buildings, the Belle Center at 104 Maryland St. and at St. Anthony's church located at 306 Ingham Ave., Lackawanna.

Needed supplied include bottled water, flashlights, D batteries, canned goods, old-style can openers, candles and baby supplies.

Monetary donations also will be accepted through M&T Bank's Puerto Rico Maria Relief Fund.

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Chock full of committee meetings

The Common Council will hold the following committee meetings today in Council Chambers on the 13th floor of City Hall:

  • Finance at 10 a.m.
  • Police Oversight at 11 a.m.
  • Community Development at 1 p.m.
  • Legislation at 2 p.m.


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