CHICAGO — A new city website will help Chicagoans lend a hand as images of widespread destruction in Mexico and Puerto Rico fill the airwaves, Chicago officials said.
The website includes a list of verified charities and organizations helping those suffering after a massive earthquake struck Mexico and a powerful hurricane struck Puerto Rico, leaving the entire island without power.
"Chicago is going to offer our big shoulders in support of the countless families who have been affected by these terrible tragedies," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "Our Puerto Rican and Mexican communities have made countless contributions to our city, and I know the people of Chicago will contribute as the people of Puerto Rico and Mexico begin to recover and rebuild."
A food and clothing drive is also in the works to help the devastation, officials said.
Mayors of several Mexican cities visited City Hall earlier this year. [Chicago Mayor's Office]