How is Hudson County helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey?

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As Texas continues to deal with ongoing chaos from Hurricane Harvey, Hudson County is doing their part to help the millions impacted by the disastrous storm.

Photo by Nick Oxford, Reuters.
Photo by Nick Oxford, Reuters.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“During this difficult time for the people of Texas, the people of Bayonne should help our fellow Americans who are in need. Bayonne received help from around the country during Hurricane Sandy,” began Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis.

“It is our turn to assist our southern neighbors as they recover from Hurricane Harvey. I would like to thank our residents in advance for their support for relief efforts in Texas.”

In the Peninsula City, City Hall will be collecting donations, in the form of gift cards, in the mayor’s office. City officials also encourages residents to give directly to the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross has previously stated that they plan on providing shelter for over 20,000 Texans impacted by the stage 4 storm.

Harvey’s devastation began on August 25th, bringing 130-mile per hour winds to Rockport, Texas and creating massive flooding in the Houston area.

Additionally, in Jersey City, a family run trucking company will be collecting items for a donation drop off on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday at the Jersey City Department of Public Works facility – located at 13-15 Linden Ave. East.

The truck will collect items such as shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, lotion, toothbrush/paste, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, diapers, fire aid kits and phone chargers from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and Tuesday, as well as from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Furthermore, North Bergen Community Assistance Relief Events and Support (CARES) will be collecting donations at Township Hall, located at 4233 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, from 9:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays, until further notice.

Aimee Focaraccio, the director of NB CARES, has started an additional GoFundMe page with a goal of $1,000 to help supplement the program.

Last but not least, Hoboken, one of the most cities most significantly impacted by Hurricane Sandy, hMag is hosting a citywide donation event on Saturday, September 16th, where participating bars and restaurants will charge an optional $1 cover – as well as having additional collection bins available.

All proceeds from the Mile Square City event will go towards the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Finally, CarePoint Health, which owns three Hudson County hospitals, will be supporting Team Rubicon – a non-profit organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

Since 2011, Team Rubicon has responded to 212 disasters and they currently have 4,000 volunteers in Texas.

“It is important for us all to come together as a community to support the ongoing efforts to deal with the effects of Hurricane Harvey,” CarePoint Health CEO Jeff Mandler said in a statement.

“We are all too familiar with the damage brought by coastal storms and want to do our part to enable organizations like Team Rubicon to help conduct rescue and recoveries in the affected areas.”

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