JERSEY CITY, NJ - The men and women working in Christ Hospital have been on the frontline of the battle against COVID-19 from the very beginning, and despite efforts that would cause most of us to fall from exhaustion, have shown no signs of letting up.

“These community heroes didn’t just earn that status in the past seven weeks,” Jake Gergues, president of the West Side Partnership’s Board of Directors said. “However, what they have done in this lifesaving battle against an invisible enemy has transcended them to another level.”

“They have been, and we know always will be, there for us, and this is the least we can do to show our gratitude,” Gergues, who also owns American Laundromat, 536 West Side Avenue, said of the donation of 50 sub sandwiches catered by St. Mark’s Pizzeria and Deli. 

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Chris Bernardo, CEO of Commercial District Services, the management company that provides administrative and operations support to the West Side Partnership, said that the donation is another reminder of the compassion small business owners have for their community. “They know that the only way we can overcome this health, and economic crisis, is by working together.” Bernardo added, "The Board greatly appreciates the leadership and support of Ward B Councilwoman, Mira Prinz-Arey, who has been instrumental in connecting the business district with local caregiving facilities and other institutions."

Additionally, Bernardo teased that the West Side Partnership is working on a program that would encourage residents to shop local. This, he said, is set to be introduced in the coming weeks and will compliment citywide efforts, including the establishment of a matching loan program and reintroduction of  farmers’ markets to help revive the local economy.

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