Sunset Park Lions Club collects donations for Irma, Maria victims

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As Brooklyn residents with ties to Puerto Rico struggle to contact relatives hit by Hurricane Maria, community organizations in the borough are mobilizing to help in various ways.

The Lions Club in Sunset Park is working to help the victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria -- back-to-back hurricanes that blasted the Caribbean.

"We're gonna be collecting Thursday, Friday and Saturday," says Damaris Cardona, a member of the Lions Club. "We're gonna take it all to the warehouse. We're also working with NYU Langone, they're gonna prepare it and send it all to Puerto Rico."

Organizers are collecting water, dry milk and diapers, among other things, to help people in Puerto Rico and elsewhere recover. Cardona says diapers for children and senior citizens are both sought for the drive.

Mildred Vega, also of Sunset Park, says her property on the island was destroyed in the storm. She says she'll bring supplies to other victims.

The storm also knocked out telecommunications across the island.

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