Puerto Rico Disaster Relief

Sisters, Brothers, Kin –

The last few days have been difficult for our kin in Puerto Rico. The devastation caused by Hurricane Fiona in has left many needing supplies as they start to recover.

If you are able to contribute to our union family as they start the long process of rebuilding, the AFL-CIO has provided a list of supplies needed below.

Thank you all for your generosity and support in these hurricane relief efforts for our union family.

Here are the most urgently needed Items, NOT AVAILABLE ON THE ISLAND:

*All items should be new and in the original packaging


  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Linens (bed sheets)
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Solar lanterns
  • All batteries, but especially “D”
  • Solar or battery fans – small
  • Gasoline containers
  • Insect repellant
  • Portable power generators
  • Propane tanks
  • Canvas and other union convention bags for distributing items

Adult Items:

  • Medical alcohol
  • Hand sanitizer
  • First aid kits

Children’s Items:

  • Baby formula
  • Child safe insect repellent

Cleaning Supplies:

  • Bleach
  • Cleaning kits (flooding)
  • Gloves
  • Spray pumps


IATSE Local 26 will ship any donations collected at our venues or our Local’s office at 931 Bridge St NW Grand Rapids MI 49504.

All items should be new and in the original packaging, and may be shipped or delivered to one of the following locations, being operated by members of the Seafarers International Union:

Houston:Mike Russo
625 N York Street
Houston TX 77003
Jacksonville:Ashley Nelson
5100 Belfort Road
Jacksonville FL 32256
Philadelphia:Joe Baselice
2604 S 4th Street
Philadelphia PA 19148
Port Everglades:Kris Hopkins
1221 S Andrews Avenue
Ft Lauderdale FL 33316

Monetary Donations:

Disaster relief donations should be made payable to the “Walsh/Di Tolla/Spivak Foundation” and mailed to:

The Walsh/Di Tolla/Spivak Foundation c/o IATSE
207 W. 25th St., 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10001

In Solidarity,


Painted Puerto Rico state flag on uprooted tree in San Juan, Puerto Rico.