BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Collection boxes will be set up around Bloomfield for essential infant and personal care items that will be distributed in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico. The boxes will appear in the Police Department, all fire houses, the Civic Center and town hall starting Tuesday September 26. 

At this time, the township is asking donors to only contribute the following items: Diapers, Baby food, Batteries, First Aid Supplies and Feminine Hygiene Products.

“The destruction of the island of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria cannot be understated and neither can the need for supplies to assist families, especially those with young children,” said Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia. “Bloomfield is made up of civic minded people and our residents have contributed to recovery efforts in the wake of several of the Hurricanes to land on the continental United States this summer. Many Bloomfield residents come from the Puerto Rico and have family members on the island, which makes the need to collect life saving supplies all the greater. I would like to thank Mayor Ras Baraka and Councilman Anibal Ramos of Newark for helping lead efforts to collect these critically important supplies.”

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Families in Puerto Rico are not yet able to focus on rebuilding their homes and their communities, they are just focused on obtaining critical supplies to take care of themselves and their young and older relatives right now,” said Newark North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. “I am proud to partner with the Newark Hurricane Relief Effort, the City of Newark, Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia and the Township of Bloomfield to deliver as many supplies as possible to those in need.”

Supplies will be collected Tuesday, September 26 through Friday, October 6

Last month Bloomfield Township helped raise funding for Hurricane Harvey relief, in conjunction with the Neighbor to Neighbor Network (NTNN), a Bloomfield and Glen Ridge based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that connects volunteers with residents in need of support not available through traditional programs. For more information about supplies needed in the Hurricane Maria relief effort and where to donate these items, please visit contact Lt. Naomi Zepeda at nzepeda@bloomfieldnjpd.com or Diana Aviles 973-680-4077.