South Carolina Cares for Puerto Rico Humanitarian Relief

**Media – Press Release – September 29, 2017** ShipOnSite is launching a Humanitarian Donation Drive for our American Citizens of Puerto Rico. A U.S. Territory located in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico has suffered catastrophic damage to its infrastructure and power grid, with loss of life.  Hurricane’s Irma (Cat 3) and Maria (Cat 4) made landfall within two weeks of each other during the month of September 2017.  The Governor of Puerto Rico estimates that it could take 4-6 months for the U.S. Territory to get the island’s power grid back to operating at pre-hurricane levels.  The rest of the damage to Puerto Rico’s infrastructure is still being assessed by FEMA. ShipOnSite has registered and is coordinating this relief effort with the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA).   We have advised them that we will collect certain items to assist the citizens of Puerto Rico.  This will enable them to plan on the distribution of the donations with the specific needs of the people. A flyer will be circulated to the Grand Strand Media outlets and businesses, so donors have the information on what we’re requesting and where they can drop off their donations. Humanitarian Drive Information: This humanitarian drive will be called “SC Cares for Puerto Rico” (#sccares4pr) and will go through the month of October, 2017.  This drive will assist the American Citizens of Puerto Rico with some of the day to day essentials needed to live, while the island begins to recover from these devastating hurricanes. ShipOnSite, a local shipping company has organized and will manage the packaging and ocean freight shipment of donated items from the Grand Strand.  Individuals and businesses that would like to donate, can do so by dropping off their donation(s) at the following locations:
  • ShipOnSite: 8703 Hwy 17 Bypass South, Suite M, Surfside Beach, SC 29575
  • Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union: Locations in Horry/Georgetown counties.
Donation items requested at this time include:
Baby Food (non-perishable & no glass) Baby Formula Baby Diapers Baby Wipes
Adult Diapers    Tooth Paste  Tooth Brushes  Hand Soap
Feminine Hygiene Products Bottled Water Toilet Paper & Paper Towels Hand Sanitizers
Checks can be made to ‘SC Cares for Puerto Rico’. A special thank you to the following organizations for assisting in organizing the drive.
  • Carolina Cool: Has provided ShipOnSite with the warehouse space to package and palletize the donations.
  • Easy Radio 105.9/100.7 & The Tide 94.5: These two local radio stations are scheduling several remote ‘Live On Air’ drives and have donated ‘air time’ to the relief efforts.
  • Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union: Has provided their locations as a drop-off site for ‘Material Donations’ and will manage any cash donations associated with this drive.
Established in 2007, ShipOnSite is a full service shipping center, offering packaging, crating, palletizing, and shipping services via all the common carriers.  ShipOnSite has assisted and organized large humanitarian shipments from the Grand Strand to U.S. Citizens that have been affected by natural and human disasters, including; Citizens in Flint, Michigan – lead water contamination, 2015 Louisiana Flood Victims,  2016 West Virginia Flood Victims. Feel free to contact Frank Espinal, Owner & General Manager of ShipOnSite at 843-215-5508 ext 6, with any questions pertaining to this Press Release and/or the ‘SC Cares for Puerto Rico’ humanitarian drive.  Updates on our progress with this humanitarian effort can be viewed on our Facebook page and Twitter feeds.  **End of Press Release** 
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