Friday, April 29, 2011

Opportunities for Residents to Help Recent Fire Victims

Here is a release from City Hall about helping recent fire victims from Hoboken's Housing Authority that were involved in a fire and have been displaced.


Photo by Hoboken Journal
Early Tuesday morning, a fire in an apartment within Hoboken’s Housing Authority led to a single mother and her four children losing their home and possessions. The Red Cross provided the family with funds to stay in a hotel temporarily, and the Housing Authority will be finding the family a new apartment. The Red Cross will also be providing furniture for their apartment.

The family welcomes donations of new or gently used clothing for two boys (3 and 11) and two girls (4 and 9). In partnership with Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo Garcia, clothing can be dropped off at the Housing Authority community room, 311 Harrison Street or at the City Clerk’s office, 94 Washington Street. The family is also accepting gift cards to Target or Walmart.

Through a partnership with the Hoboken Fire Department, direct monetary donations to the family can also be made. Checks can be written out to Fire Local 1078 and mailed to Mr Vincent DePinto, PO Box 3121, Hoboken, NJ 07030. On the memo line, residents should write “FBO April 26 fire victims” to indicate that it is for the benefit of the family.

Residents may also make a donation to the Red Cross, which readily assists Hoboken fire victims, by visiting

“I thank the Hoboken Fire Department for their prompt response which prevented the fire from spreading to other apartments and the Red Cross and Office of Emergency Management for their on-site assistance to residents,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.