Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and the Louisiana National Guard (LANG), with the help of local emergency management directors, have collected approximately 100 pallets of donated goods to be sent to Puerto Rico. Parishes across the state have been collecting items for the past two weeks in an effort to assist Hurricane Maria survivors struggling to recover from widespread devastation on the island.

“Louisianans showed their generosity and passion for service in helping our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico,” Gov. Edwards said. “I am proud of our state for working together to help in the recovery efforts because we know how much assistance during times of despair can bolster resilience when it is needed most. Donna and I continue to pray for those recovering and offer our continued assistance as they work to rebuild.”

Louisianans donated over 125,000 packages of diapers, 269,000 packages of baby wipes, 57,000 feminine products, and hundreds of other essential items. Louisiana was tasked with collecting diapers, non-perishable formula, baby wipes, bottles and nipples and feminine care products. LANG is coordinating the delivery of the donated goods.

Shortly following landfall in Puerto Rico, Gov. Edwards authorized GOHSEP personnel and more than 300 members of LANG to travel to the island to offer on the ground assistance in recovery and response.