HOBOKEN, NJ — Representatives from a variety of community organizations answered the call for school supplies, to help students from the Hoboken Housing Authority keep pace during this challenging time of distance learning.

"Many folks are not aware of the great economic divide that exists in Hoboken," said Louis Quinones of Community Lifestyle, a non-profit organization providing programs and services to youth and teens. "We believe it's our responsibility to care for all of our residents, as Hoboken is an amazing community."

Recognizing the immediate need for school supplies in the Hoboken Housing Authority, Quinones appealed to a a local resource legendary for its effectiveness, the Hoboken Mommies Facebook group.

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"If you need to get something done, you go to them," said Wendy LaMotta of Round 2 Resources, which repurposes and redistributes used items back into the community for those in need.

LaMotta heard Quinones' appeal, as did Project Learning: Helping Kids on the Hudson, the Rotary Club of Hoboken, Lynda Marecic-Leckie of the tutoring and advocacy service I Love Learning, among others.

"We are thankful to have an opportunity to provide supplies and toys to our youth residents living at the Hoboken Housing Authority, said Quinones. "Community Lifestyle has a total of 95 youth and teens that participate in after school or summer camp activities After reaching out to all to each family, we had identified 58 kids in need of supplies."

Those supplies were donated and coordinated via contactless drop offs set up by BCB Bank and Schwartz Family Law.

"We were overwhelmed with the generous response from the community," said Quinones.

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