A full week after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico the full extent of the damage remains unknown. With virtually no electricity on the island, impassable roads, and 85 percent of cell phone towers knocked down, getting a thorough picture of the destruction is not yet possible. What is a known fact is that help is desperately needed — and there are a number of charities you can donate to that would help women in Puerto Rico the most, after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, and Irma before that.
While many organizations are set up to help victims of the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, some are geared more toward providing products and services to women, who are often the ones who are most impacted by natural disasters. Before donating anywhere online, just note that scammers exist and will capitalize on this disaster if they can. So be wary and do your homework.
With that said, the fact of the matter is that most organizations prefer to work with cash. Money donations allow them to purchase what is most urgently needed, and avoid wasting precious human volunteer personnel on sorting through crate after crate of possibly useless used things. In a crisis like Puerto Rico, time is one of the most valuable commodities, and no one wants to waste it.
The one exception to this rule is drives for specified products. Certain organizations are set up to handle a small amount of particular items, especially things like sanitary pads, diapers, and baby wipes. Here are a few places that can use your donation.