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Community Engagement & Philanthropy

Project Puerto Rico: October 9th - October 20th

Join Hillsborough County Public Schools in a District-Wide Monetary Relief Drive
to Benefit Puerto Rico’s Department of Education

Take part in rebuilding and restoring Puerto Rico’s academic infrastructure following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This United States territory island has suffered catastrophic damages, making it difficult for students to get back to their educational environment. They need our help!

Monetary Donations are the Best Way to Give

The Hillsborough Education Foundation has established a fund to help students affected by the storms in Puerto Rico.

Donations can be made on their website at:

If you would like to make a donation via check*, please make it out to:
Hillsborough Education Foundation
2306 N. Howard Ave.
Tampa, FL 33607

NOTE: *In the memo section of your check, indicate that the donation should be directed to "Support Students in Puerto Rico." If you have questions, please call the HEF office at (813) 574-0260 or email Mike McCollum at

Supplies are also being collected through an outside entity, please see the list of items below that are needed the most and where they can be delivered.

Hillsborough County Public Schools is not responsible for any items donated to the third party entity.

Supplies can be dropped off at the following location:
4916 S. Lois Avenue
Tampa, 33611
Monday – Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm

Non Perishable Food Items:

  • Canned Food
  • Drink Boxes/Packets (juice boxes)
  • MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat)
  • Nutrition Bars
  • Tuna Packets (not canned)

Baby Supplies:

  • Baby Lotion
  • Baby Powder
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Baby Wipes
  • Bottles
  • Cereal
  • Diapers
  • Formula

Adult/Elderly Supplies:

  • Adult diapers
  • Lotion
  • Pads

Emergency Supplies:

  • Clean/New Gas cans
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Paper Towels
  • Water purification kits
  • Water purifiers

Construction Supplies:

  • 12V to 120 volt power inverters
  • Balling Wire
  • Basic Tool Kits
  • Batteries (AA.C.D.9V)
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Chain Saws
  • Drills
  • Duct and Electrical Tape
  • Hand Saws
  • LED Work Lights
  • Long Extension Cords
  • Power Saws
  • Radios
  • Rope
  • Shovels
  • Small and Large Generators
  • Solar panels for charting batteries
  • Tarps
  • Walkie/Talkie (two-way radios)

Personal Items:

  • Air Mattresses
  • Blankets
  • Cots
  • New Pillows
  • New Towels

Contact Outreach & School Improvement at 813-272-4767.

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