HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - Harvey hit Houston weeks ago, but the recovery will be ongoing.
Community leader Ashton Burell, of Highland Park, will host a charity basketball game dubbed "Jersey 4 Houston" at Highland Park Middle School (HPMS) on Sept. 28, to benefit the many lives impacted by hurricane Harvey. Burell along with Township of Franklin Councilwoman At-Large Shanel Robinson, New Brunswick Council President Glen Fleming, and Community Advocate Tormel Pittman will pool together resources to give aid directly to the people of Houston.
"If you can't make it out to the game you can also bring toiletries, cleaning supplies, first aid supplies, and non-perishable foods to area drop-off locations," Burell said.
Donors may drop off items from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at Nu Trendz, 563 Somerset St., Somerset. They can also bring contributions to Franklin's Community Fire Company Station, 710 Hamilton St., Somerset, from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Items are scheduled to be sent out Oct. 5.
HPMS is located at 330 Wayne St, Highland Park, NJ 08904.
Pittman set up a GoFundMe page to receive cash contributions. As of the publication of this article, donations raised total $1,190 toward his goal of $7,000.
The Hub City knows what kind of damage a major storm can cause.
But New Brunswick residents also know how critical charity is in the wake of such a disaster. While the city and the rest of New Jersey received help from far and wide after Superstorm Sandy in 2012, now some local leaders are stepping up to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.