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US Coast Guard personnel, Federal and native assist staff and Puerto Rican cops teamed as much as ship three,000 meals and four,500 litres of water to Humacao, Puerto Rico on Tuesday. Army officers additionally seen injury in Guaynabo. (Sept. 28)
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DOVER – City officers have doubled down on their pledge earlier this week to contribute to Hurricane Maria aid efforts for residents affected in Puerto Rico.

Dover social membership Casa Puerto Rico proprietor Francisco De Jesus announced his intention to host a fundraising event earlier this week. At that time, Business Administrator Donald Travisano said town officials we also trying to organize an event.

Thursday, citing Dover’s diversity and the many Puerto Rican families who call the town home, Mayor James Dodd and the Board of Aldermen officially announced a coordinated relief effort on behalf of residents.

Dodd said the town-led effort should provide a clear focal point for those looking to contribute.

“There are many individuals and organizations here in Dover who want to help, and everyone means well,” Dodd said. “There has been some confusion over which organizations or individuals are involved in the relief efforts and this confusion is taking away from the real purpose of the relief efforts, to help the people of Puerto Rico in the quickest and most efficient manner. I felt that it was the Town’s responsibility to step up and utilize its available resources to lead the efforts.”

A press release issued by the town said relief efforts are “already underway,” though specific details were not disclosed.

The release said updates would be posted on Dover’s website and Facebook page. No updates were on either page by 1:30 p.m. Friday.

People or organizations interested in contributing are asked to call the mayor’s office at 973-366-2200 ext. 1144 or the Dover Department of Community Affairs at 973-366-2200 ext. 1110 or 1168.

Staff Writer Michael Izzo: 973-428-6636; mizzo@GannettNJ.com

 

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