JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown area resident is asking the community to help him in his effort to provide for Puerto Rican children during the Christmas holiday season.
Jamestown’s James Bliss launched his “Christmas for Puerto Rico” initiative earlier this month as an attempt to provide help to those struggling in the Island territory after it was hit by Hurricane Maria in September.
As part of his effort to help out, Bliss is encouraging individuals and organizations in the community to donate Christmas gifts and related holiday themed items for Puerto Rican children up to 12 years old. The gifts will then be delivered to Puerto Rico in the middle of December.
Ideal gifts include items that are small and lightweight, do not require electricity or be battery powered, and should be gender neutral.
He suggested each gift be accompanied by essential or near-essential items, such as pre-packaged snacks, holiday-themed candy or a bottle of water.
Bliss has set a donation deadline of Dec. 9. He has asked those interested in participating, both individuals and groups, to contact him at 490-8600 or via the “Christmas for Puerto Rico” Facebook page to coordinate a pickup time.