HACKENSACK -- A Hackensack family in need received a big helping hand from the Hackensack community, and the newly formed John Labrosse Foundation. After their South Prospect home was heavily damaged by a fire on February 2nd, the Hodge family was displaced, with most of their possessions completely destroyed. Repairs to the Hodges’ house are ongoing but it is unclear when they will be able to return home.

Friends and family members organized a Fish Fry benefit which took place Friday, February 9th at the Elks Lodge at 351 1st Street to help the family of five get back on their feet. The benefit began at 5:00pm and lasted until 11:00pm. Deputy Mayor David Sims and Hackensack Jr. Basketball donated 30 pounds of fish for the cause. Fish sandwiches were sold for $6. Approximately $2,000 was raised, along with clothes in various sizes, to accommodate Sharese, Stephen, Anaya, Cathy and Edwin Hodge.

The John Labrosse Foundation also donated $500 to support the family. “We envisioned the John Labrosse Foundation as a vehicle to help in situations like these, where assistance is needed immediately, and people cannot afford to wait. We put this foundation together for Hackensack residents in need. This was a perfect example of how we were able to get people timely help without making them jump through hurdles,” said Mayor John Labrosse. “That’s what this foundation is for, and we are more than happy to give the Hodge family some help during their time of need.”

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"I have known the Mayor for many years, and known of his hopes to provide timely assistance to Hackensack families just like the Hodges, and help people overcome the obstacles life throws at them,” said Joe Barretto, Chairman of the John Labrosse Foundation. “We will continue to provide assistance to Hackensack families during difficult times.”

The John Labrosse Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization, founded by Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse. People looking to get involved with the John Labrosse Foundation in any way can email labrossefoundation@gmail.com.