How to Donate to Victims of Hurricane Maria

Relief efforts in South Florida for Puerto Rico show no signs of slowing down Saturday, and Mana Wynwood is hosting one of the largest collection sites for donations.

Rather than spending the day at the dog park, 5-year-olds Violeta and Penelope were hard at work building boxes.

"It's been actually very interesting," said Violeta and Penelope's mother Amy Alvarez. "They are so young and they are able to absorb what's happening in their surroundings. They get worried about the dogs, about people, about children."

The relief efforts at the Mana Convention Center is bringing together people of all ages and providing comfort for those who feel helpless.

"There's a lot of people still here who haven't heard from their family members so it's very emotional, we've been hugging all sweaty in solidarity with each other, hoping for the best," said volunteer Manny Diaz.

The victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico need our help now more than ever. There are several ways you can help those in need:

Simon Malls: Simon Malls are collecting items such as: blankets, pillows, baby food, diapers, water and other non-perishable items, with the exception of clothing. The collection points are at: The Falls Mall, Dadeland Mall, International Mall, Coral Square Mall and Boca Town Center Malls. Donations are being collected through the end of September. 

Ana G. Mendez University in Miami Lakes: Donations needed: bottled water, baby formula, wipes, hand sanitizer, personal hygiene products, batteries, paper towels, powdered milk, insect repellant. 15201 NW 79th Ct. 33016

Casa Borinquen: Donations accepted Saturday from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. 6519 Taft Street, Hollywood, FL 33024

Ay Bendito Food Truck: Donations accepted Sunday from 1 p.m. through 6 p.m. 9225 SW 137th Ave. Miami, FL 33196

Mana Wynwood: Donations accepted Saturday from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m.225 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Caring for Our Community: Disaster Relief Phone Bank: NBC 6 and Telemundo 51 are teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a phone bank that will benefit victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as the earthquake in Mexico. The phone bank will become active at 10 a.m. on Monday and will run through 10 p.m. For English, call 954-392-4770. For Spanish, call 954-392-4780.

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