Burlington County Freeholder Board to host hurricane collection drive

The drive begins Oct. 12 and will run until Oct. 27.

In an effort to respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, Freeholder Ryan Peters announced on Oct. 11 that the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders is hosting a collection drive to support victims of the natural disaster in Puerto Rico. The drive starts on Thursday, Oct. 12 and will run until Friday, Oct. 27.

“Burlington County stands in solidarity with those affected by Hurricane Maria,” said Freeholder Ryan Peters. “The people of Puerto Rico need our help. I ask that our Burlington County residents, local businesses, and the community-at-large come together to assist those who need our support throughout the weeks and months to come.”

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The Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders is partnering with the State of New Jersey and its Office of Emergency Management, the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development and the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism in this drive.

The Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development is led by Westampton Township Deputy Mayor Abraham Lopez. Deputy Mayor Lopez has been to Puerto Rico on many occasions, including this past weekend.

“What I witnessed was hard to bear. Crumbling and life threatening infrastructure deficiencies, people drinking and bathing from rain water, and rationing crackers to make food last. Not all was gloom. I also witnessed our fellow citizens’ work hard to restart their lives, help neighbors and reopen businesses,” said Deputy Mayor Lopez. “Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are resilient and will certainly see this through, ensuring that Puerto Rico shall rise. I’m honored to work with Freeholder Ryan Peters on this most important and literally lifesaving initiative and am proud to be a resident of a county that stands with those who need us most”

Collection boxes and informational flyers will be stationed at the following locations throughout the County:

County Administration Building, 49 Rancocas Road,Mt. Holly.

County Human Services Building, 795 Woodlane Road, Westampton.

County Health Department, 15 Pioneer Blvd, Westampton.

County Public Safety Building, 1 Academy Drive, Westampton.

County Library Main Branch, 5 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton.

Cinnaminson Library, 1619 Riverton Road, Cinnaminson.

Evesham Library, 984 Tuckerton Road, Evesham.

Maple Shade Library, 200 Stiles Avenue, Maple Shade.

8th Legislative District Office, 176 Route 70, Suite 13, Medford.

The Freeholder Board is asking for donations of the following items only.

  • Baby food
  • Batteries
  • Canned Goods
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Flash Lights
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • First Aid Items
  • Leather Work Gloves
  • Underwear and Socks
  • Pillows and Blankets
  • Toiletries

We are accepting new items only; please no used or gently used items.

“Our hearts go out to those in Puerto Rico impacted by the overwhelming devastation. In times like this, hope is what keeps us going. The very fabric of our community here in Burlington County is built on this belief. Any donations we can provide symbolize that hope. Please spread the word and assist us in supporting victims of Hurricane Maria,” concluded Freeholder Peters.

For additional information visit: http://helpnjnow.org/.

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