First Shipments of Food & Water from Carteret Cares Drive Arrive in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Carteret, NJ – Mayor Dan Reiman announced that Carteret has been collecting donations to help those affected by the recent natural disasters in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. The 2017 hurricane season has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people in the southern part of the United States as well as the US Island of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

To date, the Borough has sent eight pallets of water to San Juan, Puerto Rico which has arrived this past Monday 9/25/17, with over 24 pallets of food and water to be delivered within the upcoming days. The Borough has partnered with Sea Freight Logistics with offices in Elizabeth N.J. and Miami FL who will be delivering items to Puerto Rico without charge. In addition, the Borough has sent clothing donations to Texas and Florida to assist those who have been affected by Hurricane Irma and Harvey.

“This year’s hurricane season has caused mass destruction in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico. Having been affected by Hurricane Sandy we know the devastation that hurricanes can leave behind” Reiman stated. “Thousands of people are without basic needs like water, food and shelter and many without any form of contact to their family members and loved ones”

The Mayor’s Charity Trust Fund will be matching donations in aggregate up to $5,000.00 to any and all relief funds raised locally for Florida , Texas , Puerto Rico & Mexico. The Charity Trust Fund is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization. All monetary donations can be made out to “Mayor’s Charity Trust Fund” and can be mailed or dropped off at the Memorial Municipal Building at 61 Cooke Avenue in Carteret.

“Many in our community have family ties and friends on the island and to support our fellow citizens,  we have started the Carteret Cares Disaster Relief Drive” said Mayor Reiman. Donations being accepted are batteries, flashlights, baby food and supplies as well as toiletries. Donations may be dropped off at the Carteret Public Library at 100 Cooke Avenue, Monday- Friday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturdays 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

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