Please email GOOD Morning Wilton with other options for people to donate or contribute toward hurricane relief.

“I Dance for Puerto Rico”

Wilton resident Melly Bonita recently became a Zumba instructor and she’s been teaching for a few months at the Conservatory of Dance. She has just announced a personal campaign, “I Dance for Puerto Rico.” From now through the end of this year, she will donate 100% of her earnings from her Zumba classes to Unidos Por Puerto Rico to support hurricane relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

“I have a personal connection to the island because my sister lives there with her husband and young sons, ages 6 and 4. They are safe and no damage was sustained in their home, but they are without power and running water, like millions of others. They have no access to their bank account and have limited resources until aid arrives, which it will, with our help.
Without being able to travel there or send them anything yet, we feel our hands are tied. But we can donate, so I am doing what I can do raise money for the island,” Bonita says.

She’s inviting the community to come dance with her in her classes–when you dance with her, know that you are dancing for a cause. Bonita’s classes are on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Conservatory of Dance (151 Old Ridgefield Rd.). The cost is $12 per each 45-minute session. The class mixes low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Bonita says no dance experience necessary, and the moves are fun and easy to follow.

Bring workout clothes, sneakers or workout shoes, a towel and water. The music will be your favorite Pop and Latin songs, and Bonita adds that students who have already been to her class can vouch for her love for Puerto Rican artists like Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Daddy Yankee and JLo, so you can likely expect to hear more of that. For more information, visit Bonita’s Zumba with Melly Facebook page.

Help Restock Pediatric ICUs

The Society of Critical Care Medicine has put together an Amazon wishlist for the PICUs (Pediatric ICUs) in Puerto Rico. They are running out of supplies to provide basic services to their patients. Visit the Amazon wishlist page and consider being as generous as you can. Please be sure to choose the HURRICANE MARIA address (Hurricane Maria – Pediatric Hospital’s Gift Registry) at checkout so it isn’t shipped to your home.

Personal Care Items Needed

The Center for Safer Communities and the Harambee Youth & Community Center are having a donation drive for citizens of Puerto Rico. They will be collecting socks, baby formula, toothbrushes, and feminine products. Drop off at 54 West Street, Danbury. Hours of collection are 6-9 p.m..

Collection for Dominica

Wilton resident Kristina Nagle is pulling together relief for residents of Dominica. She says they are in need of everything, and hopes people consider donating baby, kids, adult clothing; diapers; feminine products; toiletries; etc. Please message Kristina Nagle via Facebook or contact Serena at 212.470.1579 to arrange a pick-up. Nagle is getting all donations together to send this coming weekend.

Other places to donate:

Save the Children Hurricane Maria Children’s Fund

United for Puerto Rico (Unidos Por Puerto Rico)

One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief