Donations for Hurricane Maria survivors found soiled & soiled with animal feces in Puerto Rico

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This is what we found when we went to a warehouse in San Juan, used by the elections commission of Puerto Rico, and asked to inspect trailers that have been left on the property for the last 11 months by the Puerto Rico National Guard.

Here is the statement from the PR National Guard:

“National Guard explains about donated merchandise

San Juan, PR, August 10, 2018 - The Adjutant General of Puerto Rico, Brig. Gen. Isabelo Rivera, explained today that the merchandise stored in containers at the State Election Commission facilities, related to the collection center to help the victims of Hurricane Maria, will finish with its distribution in the next few days.

The Adjutant General explained that most of the donations handled by the National Guard were already distributed but a small part of the merchandise had particular problems for distribution mainly because of the expiration date of the food.

"After the closure of the collection centers, donations continued to arrive and the National Guard continued to store it in containers located at the State Election Commission facilities. A particular container, which has been mentioned by several media outlets, was used to store the expired donated food that we could not offer to people, " said General Rivera.

The National Guard reported that "they were not distributed to prevent affecting the health of those who would consume those items, and they are being disposed of since Tuesday according to the applicable regulations". In relation to the rest of the stored merchandise, General Rivera said that "it will be delivered soon to non-profit organizations and to people in need."

The Adjutant General explained that "there are about 10 containers of merchandise that we continue to work with which came after the closure of the collection centers with different items like batteries, fans and non-perishable food."”

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