Cash would help much more than goods

Our governor’s efforts to accept donations of “things” at the State House for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, while generous and noteworthy, is the wrong way to provide assistance. The collection of such things will require considerable manpower to handle and shipping costs will make delivery very slow, or perhaps impossible.

There are many examples of this well-intended method of providing assistance that failed. Things donated, like clothing, furniture and other items must be sorted, sized, transported, unloaded, displayed or delivered. What is available for distribution will not be needed in all areas. All these and more cost money and manpower. The infrastructure in Puerto Rico has been destroyed. Where will those things be stored pending distribution?

Years ago, a hurricane in South America resulted in warehouses of donated goods set up along the Gulf coast gone to waste and eventually destroyed. There was no way to transport those goods in an economical manner. Most of the items donated were not needed in the areas on need.

As insensitive as this sounds, cash is the most efficient method of providing assistance. There are a number of accredited organizations who will take the cash and convert it into disaster relief, where needed and most efficiently. Lists of such organizations are available everywhere. Perhaps The Telegraph should publish the list.