Jersey City officials are hosting a fundraiser next week in hopes of raising $200,000 for Puerto Rico in the wake of the island being devastated by earthquakes.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œWe want to stand in solitude with our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico who lost their homes and everything they own in the last month,â€ said Councilman-at-Large Daniel Rivera, who is of Puerto Rican descent.
â€œWe have a large Hispanic population here in Jersey City, many of whom have family who still live in Puerto Rico. We need to come together to help Puerto Rico bounce back, especially the families unexpectedly left living in perilous situations, which is why weâ€™ll host an event on February 1st to kickoff fundraising efforts.â€
With a fundraising goal of $200,000, Jersey City officials are leading efforts to provide recovery assistance for families in the most affected areas.
The resolution being presented at the next city council meeting identifies Ponce, Guayanila, Yauco, and Guanica as the four cities to receive all proceeds raised by Jersey City for rebuilding efforts.
The first fundraiser for â€œOperation Temblor Puerto Rico JCâ€ will be held on February 1st at the Harborside Atrium, located at 210 Hudson St., at 7 p.m., with all proceeds being donated directly to the earthquake relief fund.Â Tickets for the event are $100 per person.
Just two years ago, 1.3 million pounds of food, water, diapers, and other essential supplies were collected when Councilman at Large Rivera lead Jersey Cityâ€™s relief efforts after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017.
Faced with the daunting task to rebuild yet again, this latest fundraising drive will directly help the battered island with financial assistance for families as they work to get their lives back in order.
â€œThis is a time when the strength of our diversity really shines through in the darkness of devastation, and I hope we can really make a difference to help reset the course for the thousands of people picking up the pieces in the aftermath of the earthquake,â€ added Mayor Steven Fulop.
â€œWe want to do all we can to help and show Puerto Rico as much support as possible during this difficult time.â€
The event is a multi-faceted joint ventures that includes the efforts of Jersey City Puerto Rican Parade Committee, Hudson County Clerk Junior Maldonado, Hudson County Board Of Chosen Freeholders, Hudson County Latino Caucus, Carevel Foundation, Puertorriquenos Asociados for Community Organization (PACO), Hispanic American Law Enforcement Association, Laborers International Union of North America Local 3, Jersey City Hispanic Firefighters Society, New Jersey State Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association and More4Amor Foundation.