Police are saying that clothing marked for survivors of Hurricane Sandy were stolen from the Community Center in Hoboken.
The Jersey Journal reported that Hoboken director of Health and Human Services Leo Pellegrini said that 25 empty boxes were all that was left in the senior room of the Multi-Service Community Center.
According to reports, missing donations included clothing and blankets from Hoboken residents and businesses, and four boxes of jackets from Major League Baseball and the Professional Golf Association. The plan had been to give away the clothes at the Winter Carnival at the Hoboken Housing Authority.
A local Jewish youth group, the National Council for Synagogue Youth, hosted the Winter Carnival. On December 6, 250 teens volunteered at the carnival for underprivileged Hoboken young people who had been affected by Hurricane Sandy.
According to New Jersey NCSY, Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, the organization’s executive director, said, “We had been planning a trip to Dave and Busters and possibly a scavenger hunt at the mall, but after the hurricane we found ourselves in a new reality and we wanted to do something that resonated with where people were at.”
Hoboken was hurt badly by Hurricane Sandy. Testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on Thursday, Mayor Dawn Zimmer said the Hudson River flooded more than half of Hoboken. She said more than 1700 homes were flooded, according to hobokennj.org, and estimated total damages to be well over $100 million.
City officials said they came up with other donated clothes to pass out at the Winter Carnival.