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Also Urges Use of New Jersey Haitian Family ReDest Center

(ENGLEWOOD) — Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle on Monday urged New Jerseyans to do what they can to help victims of the Chilean earthquake.

“I’m confident that, just as we saw happen when tragedy struck Haiti, New Jerseyans will step up and lend a hand to help those suffering in Chile,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “Every little bit helps, so even the smallest donations are vital in this time of great need. I ask only the New Jerseyans do what they can to help.”

Vainieri Huttle noted New Jerseyans can donate to groups such as:

  • Save The Children — Save The Children is asking for contributions to their Children’s Emergency Fund to aid these efforts.
  • American Red Cross — The Red Cross is accepting donations through their International Response Fund.
  • AmeriCares — AmeriCares is sending medical supplies and humanitarian aid and accepting contributions to AmeriCares’ Chilean earthquake fund.
  • World Vision — World Vision is sending emergency relief supplies and staff to Chile to help injured survivors. Donations are being accepted by World Vision’s Disaster Response Fund.

Vainieri Huttle also urged New Jerseyans affected by the Haitian earthquake to take advantage of a new multi-agency reDest center that can provide help in a variety of areas.

“This was a terrible tragedy beyond belief that hit home for many of our fellow New Jerseyans,” Vainieri Huttle said. “I urge families needing support to use this center and find the help they need to work through this tragedy.”

The New Jersey Haitian Family ReDest Center is at Union County College’s Sidney Lessner Building at 12 West Jersey St.

According to the New Jersey Department of Human Services, services include interpreters, assistance with immigration issues, family assistance applications, child custody matters, legal information, grief counseling and access to computers and telephones to help constituents obtain more information about those in Haiti. Vainieri Huttle thanked the college for donating space for the center, which will feature reDest tables with informational materials available in English, Creole, and French.

The center will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The Center will not take donations of cash or goods, but staff will provide information to those interested in donating to established Haitian relief organizations.

Referrals also are available by calling 211 or online at

“I want to thank everyone involved for setting up this center and providing the help so many of our fellow New Jerseyans need during this time of grief and sorrow,” Vainieri Huttle said.

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