Mayor sending more city workers to Puerto Rico

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that more city workers will be heading to Puerto Rico to assist with relief efforts following Hurricane Maria.

The 50 additional workers will be traveling alongside 250 pallets of donated items such as diapers, feminine hygiene products, first aid kits, baby food and batteries -- items that de Blasio says are needed most. It's also why those are the only donations being accepted at city firehouses, EMS stations and every NYPD precinct where items are being collected.

The city is also collecting monetary donations through the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. That money will be distributed to organizations working to support the 3.5 million Puerto Ricans and other people in the Caribbean who have been impacted by the storm.

About 150 city workers went to Puerto Rico just days after the storm to provide critical aid.

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