Maine mom begins supply drive for Puerto Ricans in honor of late son

Deb roberts supply drive Saturday

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A woman from Wilton kicked off a supply donation drive on Saturday for the people of Puerto Rico after hurricanes devastated island.

Deb Roberts is the mother of Michael Holland, a crew member of El Faro, which was a cargo ship that sank in Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015. She plans to ship needed items to the island to help people trying to rebuild their homes. Hundreds of people donated Saturday.

"It's amazing. It makes me feel so good that people want to do something this time of year," said Roberts. "There are so many opportunities for charity to choose from and that they choose mine and to help the people of Puerto Rico and remember Mike means a lot."

The ship that her son served on, El Faro, frequently travel between Jacksonville, Florida and Puerto Rico. 

With the help of Walmart, Roberts will hold the donation drive at the Scarborough Walmart starting on Saturday, November 25. Walmart has loaned a tractor-trailer truck, which Roberts hopes to fill with supplies donated by those shopping in the days following Thanksgiving.

Supplies Needed for Puerto Rico Relief Drive:

  • Chapstick or lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal water purification systems
  • Bottled water
  • Dry and regular shampoo
  • Bath wipes
  • Shower in a box
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Stand-up flashlights
  • Lanterns – battery operated
  • Batteries
  • Generators
  • Fans
  • Gas cans
  • Water cans/jugs
  • Rubber boots
  • Canned fruit
  • Rice
  • Red/black/white beans
  • Adult diapers
  • Medical bed pads
  • Nutritional supplements such as Ensure or Glucerna
  • Toilet paper
  • Antibacterial sanitizer
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Mosquito repellent

Roberts plans to collect donations on the following dates and times:

11/25: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

11/26: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

11/27 through 12/1: noon to 7 p.m.

12/2: if necessary

People may drop off donations at the Customer Service desk when the trailer is not manned.

Roberts also created a GoFundMe page for people who cannot get to Scarborough to donate items.

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