In the wake of Hurricane Maria, which has devastated Puerto Rico and left much of the island without power or drinking water, Tidal announced today that in partnership with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort, it has launched an initiative aimed at filling a 200,000-pound cargo plane full of hurricane-relief supplies to the beleaguered island.
The first plane is expected to leave on October 7 and carry 200,000 pounds of batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water and feminine hygiene products.
The company is calling on the global community to help with the humanitarian crisis affecting Puerto Rico – those in New York can visit one of 19 drop off locations across the state (listed below) to bring supplies; monetary donations are being accepted at TIDAL.com/PuertoRico.
According to a press release, artists including Fat Joe and Romeo Santos along with radio personality Angie Martinez will be at the New York drop off points helping collect, sort and send items that have been donated.
“My heart goes out to every single individual that has suffered as a result of this Hurricane,” said Fat Joe. “Watching from the sidelines has been heartbreaking – let’s fill that plane and help our brothers and sisters! Even the smallest contribution will go a long way.”
The company is providing hurricane relief through its third annual Tidal X: Brooklyn http://tidal.com/us on Oct. 17, headlined by Tidal owner Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled, Kaskade and featuring many others — 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to those affected by natural disasters including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria and the recent earthquakes in Mexico.
Donation locations: The drop-off sites will accept donations every day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. All items must be unopened and in their original packaging.
Empire State Plaza Main Concourse, Albany
Central New York
Senator John J. Hughes State Office Building
333 E. Washington Street, Syracuse
State Police Zone Station
1155 Scottsville Road, Suite 400 Rochester
Perry B. Duryea State Office Building
250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge
2 Quincy Place, Yonkers
Utica State Office Building
207 Genesee Street, Utica
New York City
Jacob K. Javits Center
655 W. 34th Street, New York
Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building
55 Hanson Place, Brooklyn
Jamaica Street Armory
93-05 168th Street, Queens
Roberto Clemente State Park
301 West Tremont Ave, Bronx
Department of Motor Vehicles
696 E Fordham Road, Bronx
85 West End Avenue, Binghamton
Western New York
Connecticut Street Armory
184 Connecticut Street, Buffalo