In wake of disaster in Puerto Rico, Rutgers businesses step up to provide relief
After Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico devastated, local Rutgers businesses started to hold fundraisers and e
Restaurants and cafes all over the New Brunswick area have made efforts to provide aid to Puerto Rico and collect more money from either scheduled events,
Jimmy Cronk, one of the owners of Destination Dogs on Paterson Street, is hosting a night to raise money for the victims of the hurricane this
“We’re gonna clear the tables out and
Destination Dogs will also be providing
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All of the proceeds from the event will go to the charity "Unidos
Sales from food, beverages, t-shirts or donations made at the door will go directly to the foundation, Cronk said.
The idea for this event came from Cronk’s wife, who taught in Puerto Rico for a year. The couple was also married in Puerto Rico and both of them were devastated by the destruction caused by the Hurricane.
“This deeply affected the both of us, but it really affected her. As soon as it happened she said ‘We have to do something about this’ and so I said, ‘Cool, let’s put something together,’" Cronk said.
Cronk said he views this event as something important not only to the
Cronk also said he wanted to emphasize the impact that Puerto
“These are people who have contributed so much to Rutgers and the state of New Jersey. Our cultures are combined. These are people who are part of us,” Cronk said. “You know we take a lot of things for granted, all the luxuries that we have. But if you don’t have electricity or even water to drink, you would want someone to help. So I expect the Rutgers community to help because these are people and they need our help.”
Other well-known Rutgers businesses are moving planning events to fund aid efforts as well. Hidden Grounds Coffee is currently working on their own fundraising campaign for Puerto Rico.
Just last month, the cafe donated one week of all of their profits to
Patel said he was positive that the Rutgers community would be willing to go the extra mile to help the people of
“About 10 percent of our customers from that week were customers that we like never see in the