Last week a 7.8 earthquake rocked the country of Ecuador, causing major damage to the central coast. More than 550 people were killed and thousands have been displaced, as numerous homes, buildings, and roads were damaged or destroyed. Survivors need access to emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance.
The town of Morristown will be collecting donations to help with relief efforts that can be dropped off at St. Margaret’s Church on Sussex Avenue, Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Morristown Town Hall will also be available for drop-offs. See Maria on the first floor in the municipal court Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
See the items needed after the jump.
- Nonperishables (canned food, rice, sugar, dried pasta)
- Powdered milk
- Hygiene products (toothpaste, body soap)
- Sanitary towels
- Baby formula
- Cotton balls
- Battery operated radios
- Plastic plates
- Cups and cutlery
- Industrial size garbage bags
- Nonperishable snacks (protein bars, dried fruits and nuts)
- Toys for young children (crayons, coloring books, construction paper)
- Mosquito nets
Ecuador’s president estimates the quake caused about $3 billion in damage. He said his administration has temporarily raised taxes to fund the recovery, which could take years, according to the Associated Press.
Learn more about donation efforts through Unicef.