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A Brooklyn community group's office is overflowing with donations to send to Puerto Rico


Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico almost two weeks ago and the island still remains for the most part without power. Experts say Puerto Rico's infrastructure has been set back decades, and many are without food, water and shelter.

Many groups around the country are stepping up to do their part in the rebuilding effort. One community group, El Grito de Sunset Park, located in Brooklyn, has been collecting supplies since before the hurricane hit. El Grito co-founder Dennis Flores said the group has collected more supplies than it can keep in its office.

"When supplies started coming in, got immediately filled up," Flores said. "We started asking for spaces and people in the neighborhood started opening garages. A local strip club opened up their warehouse. They filled up the warehouse."

Flores said El Grito will continue its efforts to help Puerto Rico recover. "We know that the recovery effort is not something that is going to end in a week or two or three. It might take Puerto Rico years to recover from this," he said.

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