Puerto Rican citizens are in crisis following the devastation of Hurricane Irma and Maria, and it will take months and likely years, before many can live there safely with jobs and a sense of well-being. We expect many more Puerto Rican families to relocate to our immediate areas to live with family and friends as they try to re-establish normalcy.

At CHSofNJ, we are passionate about our mission; saving children’s lives and building healthy families. That is why we have already started to prepare for these newly displaced arrivals from Puerto Rico. They have been through immense trauma, but we believe that with the help of friends like you, we can dramatically improve their lives by providing our critical services and concrete donations to help them recover and establish their family and find work here in New Jersey.

Want to Help?
We would greatly appreciate the following donations:

  • Monetary donations
  • Gift cards (small denominations to stores like Walmart, Shop Rite, etc. for emergency food needs)
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Soap/body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving cream/razors
  • Cornstarch powder (no talcum powder, please)
  • Diaper rash cream (Desitin, A+D ointment, etc.)
  • Diapers – all sizes & toddler pull-ups
  • Baby food & formula
  • Baby wipes
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Winter clothes
  • Heavy coats, raincoats with hoods
  • Socks (children & adult)
  • Sanitary pads, tampons
  • Bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets)
  • Cribs
  • Baby strollers with infant car seats
  • Toddler car seats
  • Cleaning supplies

Clothing sizes needed range from newborn – adult. (For health reasons, all donated items must be new). If you would like to invest in those starting life again here in New Jersey following these devastating storms, please call (609) 695-6274 or email Angie Giacolona at AGiacolona@chsofnj.org. You can also visit www.chsofnj.org to learn more or make a donation.

Want to Volunteer?
We are looking for fluent bilingual (Spanish/English) speaking friends to “adopt” one family over the first year by helping them apply for services (i.e., school, health clinics, housing, etc.). To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Ann Massa at 609.695.6274 ext. 151 or email AMassa@chsofnj.org.

We are committed to making a difference for the Puerto Rican families displaced from their homes, jobs, and lives in the hurricanes’ aftermath. And as always, we are committed to doing our very best to provide our support and assistance with dignity and respect for all of our clients. Please help us help even more children and families in these trying times.