VIDEO & PHOTOS: Lakewood’s Orthodox Community Rallies behind Mexico Earthquake Relief Efforts

Within hours of learning of relief efforts underway in Lakewood for victims of the Mexico earthquakes, a truck-load of supplies donated by the Lakewood Orthodox community arrived at the collection site.

The earthquakes have caused, in part, more than 39 buildings in Mexico City to collapse, and demolished more than 2,000 homes in the nearby state of Morelos, Mexico.

Hundreds of schools, public buildings, community centers and homes have been destroyed, leaving thousands of people with no electricity, running water, and even phone service. Hundreds of deaths were already reported.

Upon learning of the relief efforts in Lakewood on Sunday, a coordinated effort between Lakewood Board of Education General Counsel Michael Inzelbuch and Board of Education members, together with BMG, immediately got underway.

Within hours, Brookstone Management, NPGS and tens of families donated cases of water, diapers, baby formula and other desperately-needed supplies, and a truck-load of supplies was dropped off at the collection site.

Residents who wish to donate, can drop off items until Tuesday morning to 206 Main Street (Ocean Avenue) to “La Casa De Tia” (across from the Valero Gas Station), or to any of the main offices of Lakewood public schools by Tuesday morning – no later than 8 am.

Among urgently-needed supplies, are baby formula (powdered), diapers, hydrogen peroxide, aspirin, and bottled water.

The donated supplies being collected will be shipped via a cargo carrier to Mexico on Tuesday afternoon.

Commenting on the partnership today between the Latino and Jewish communities and the public Board of Education, Attorney Inzelbuch stated, “This is hopefully the beginning of all the multi-faceted segments of Lakewood working together. As Alejandra Morales of La Voz Latinos and all of us discussed today, we all need to work together to insure that ALL children in Lakewood receive a quality education. Amen. In fact, I believe that this is, and must continue to be, the Board’s mandate.”


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  1. Outstanding! A very commendable action. I pray that the Jewish community will someday interact accordingly with the African American citizens.

  2. @Steven Mathews, I’m sure that if the need arises and the African American community would band together and have a collection, you would be pleasantly surprised as to how much the Jewish Community whould help. If you would just go back and look at the Haiti earthquake or any other natural disasters around the world in many countries you would see that the state of Israel sent medical teams to those places. many mothers in those places actualy named there newborn children Jewish names due to their heart full thanks for the jewish teams that have helped them out. even recently by the terrible hurricane Harvey destruction in Texas many Jewish people were there helping out people no matter they’re color race or creed. but unfortunately by the African American community its not that often that you see the leadership get together to assist There own.

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