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MARIA: Tampa doctor with Puerto Rico ties aiding Maria relief efforts

Tampa based Puerto Rican business owner collecting donations for Puerto Rico

Source: MARIA: Tampa doctor with Puerto Rico ties aiding Maria relief efforts



As a Puerto Rican family owned practice, Santiago Therapy Center is actively collecting and donating supplies for the island of Puerto Rico. If you have donations you would like to send, we will be a drop off location for your donations. We will be making arraignments for delivery of such items. That is our first home, where many of our family still remains, where our hearts will always be.

Please donate today! 

Items requested:
-Peanut Butter
-Canned fish/meats
-Canned fruit/vegetables
-Canned soups
-Non perishable snack items (granola bars, fruit snacks, dry cereal, etc.)
-Tetras of juice or milk (not requiring refrigeration)
-Baby food/formula
-Baby bottles
-Diapers (all sizes)
-Socks and underwear (NEW in package)
-Hygiene products (soap, wipes, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc)
-Clothing items (good condition)
-First Aid kits
-Blankets, pillows, towels
-Coloring books/crayons

… and more items that would be beneficial to someone without a home, electricity, or something to bring a smile to their child during this time of need.

Santiago Therapy Center
1720 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607

We also have a PayPal account set up by our Director. ALL monetary donations will be used for the sole purpose of purchasing items for Puerto Rico and the victims of Hurricane Maria.

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Tampa Based Puerto Rican Business Owner Ready To Help Puerto Rico

  Tampa, Florida —Jose A. Santiago, owner of the Tampa-based therapy clinic, Santiago Therapy Center, said “That is our home, we will do whatever it takes to bring hope back into the Puerto Rican people.”

Puerto Rico was hit with a Category 4 hurricane named Maria beginning on Tuesday September 19th, 2017. The destruction has left 100% of the island without power or water. Homes have been decimated, families in communicated.

The bi-lingual facility, which provides, Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy to children and adults, will begin collecting donations to send over to Puerto Rico effective immediately. They are making arrangements with the local airlines to arrange delivery. Dr. Santiago will personally make a trip to the island to ensure the supplies are received. They have launched a Facebook campaign to spread the word. You can find a short list of supplies requested.

“Our family is still there. We have not heard from them in days. I have a home there and I don’t know what condition it is in, or even if it still stands. However, that does not matter to me, I can re-build, Puerto Rico can re-build, I want to be a conduit of hope for the people. Showing them that although Florida has also been hit with devastation, our hearts are with Puerto Rico too. The Tampa Bay community will provide aide for them.”

Dr. Jose Santiago (h.c), MS, RPT, founded the family-owned and operated therapy clinic more than 25 years ago. He is certified by the Board of Physical Therapy Practice and has 36 years of experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.