EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - This afternoon Liwu Hong, a leader in East Brunswick's Chinese Community and a member of the East Brunswick Board of Education, arrived at EB's Municipal Building with a large donation of PPEs (personal protection equipment) for medical professionals and first responders. Hong began an outreach a few days ago to members of the Chinese community in the township, many of whom stepped up to support the shortage of protection supplies and address food insufficiency in East Brunswick.
Mayor Brad Cohen responded with amazement at the amount of support that these township residents were able to accrue in such a short time: "I want to give a BIG EB Thank You to the East Brunswick Chinese community who raised over $15,000 in five days. They brought 10,000 regular masks and 80 N95 masks for donation to St Peters Hospital. They also provided $2,500 in grocery cards for Shop Rite, Stop & Shop, and Aldi for EB residents in need. We will be giving the card to our Parks & Rec for distribution."
The East Brunswick Department of Recreation and Parks continues to collect donation of nonperishable food and home products at their location at 334 Dunhams Corner Road. Donations may be placed in the white truck behind the building. Gift card donations to food stores can be placed in the Department's mail box.
The decision to share the current surplus of masks with St. Peter's Hospital was made following the call for masks by the East Brunswick Police Department which sent out an urgent request for the three days ago. Yesterday Chief Frank LoSacco said, "The outpouring of community support has been amazing. These donations have already made a difference to those who are here to help our community. We have outfitted our officers, and we are actively distributing masks to our fire companies and healthcare providers."
Residents are still encouraged to donate to the Recreation and Parks Department who, along with the Community Center at Aldersgate Methodist Church, is still actively seeking to restock the township's food pantry. Donations of PPEs or other supplies for hospitals or first responders can still drop them off at the East Brunswick Police Department.