Hoboken botches clothing donations

Letter: Dangerous Hoboken donations free-for-all

Earlier today – there was a massive commotion downtown. Donations that were collected to share with victims of Hurricane Sandy here in Hoboken were just dumped on the sidewalk. Hoboken Police said it was a very precarious situation, and those rummaging through the items as if they were garbage picking were in danger of getting struck by vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed along Observer Highway.

Zimmer botches donations – treats victims like savages

One Hoboken411 reader is disgusted with the way the city handled this situation, treating needy victims of the storm as savages to fend for themselves:

“Mayor Zimmer is unfit for the job. She has the donations dumped on the sidewalk like garbage after residents of Cape May worked hard to collect these items.

Instead of giving Hoboken volunteers a real job (not stapling flyers to our ancient trees) like sorting clothing by size and having them available at the High School Gym for those in need to pick up, Zimmer dumps them and lets people rummage through piles.

People in need already feel degraded, but it is even more degrading to have them scrounge like rats on a filthy sewage-infested sidewalk.

This is where good leadership comes in. If we actually had good leadership, the city would have a recovery plan in place and be organized and that includes treating donations with respect.

Zimmer begs and whines for help and donations, people give in abundance and then the Cape May folks drove truckloads up here and then Zimmer says we have too much so she dumps it on the sidewalk? I think she planned on having it hauled to the dump and now she’s trying to cover by saying it’s for anyone to take. She was caught being wasteful, destructive, and uncaring.

Why didn’t she have volunteers take it to the HHA Community Center at 221 Jackson and have volunteers sort the clothing by size and gender and allow the most needy residents to pick items out in a clean, safe environment?

It’s not Zimmer’s decision to say when people don’t need donations of clothing. What an elitist idiot!

This chaos is exactly how Zimmer handles taxpayer monies, spending, spending, spending, a string of broken promises, and no end in sight. And she expects people to give a monetary donation? What, so she can put more friends on the payroll?”

14 Responses

  1. lacie says:

    Drove by this today. Pathetic and sad. Who does that?

    • jerseyjack says:

      I’m not sure exactly what happened here, but I don’t think FOX 5 or Hoboken411 knows either. Why is there no mention that volunteers were asked to come to this location between 1 and 4 today? Are these complaints from before, during, or after the period of time? On the city’s Facebook page, a respected resident says he was one of a dozen volunteers on site. Perhaps that person could be contacted. A little research could’ve gone a long way: either strengthening or refuting these accusations.[quote comment=”218167″]Drove by this today. Pathetic and sad. Who does that?[/quote]

      • chacha17 says:

        agree 100%…for all we know word spread that there were boxes of free stuff and people flocked to the site before the volunteers had a chance to organize better….notice how each person is going through it – 1) pick it up out of a box 2) hold it up 3) throw it on the ground 4) repeat

        i helped deliever care package to the HHA and was mobbed when i walked through the lobby asking if what we brought was for them…we told them that they were more than welcome to walk to the distribution location and help themselves…my guess no one did…so much easier waiting for someone to bring to you [quote comment=”218172″]I’m not sure exactly what happened here, but I don’t think FOX 5 or Hoboken411 knows either. Why is there no mention that volunteers were asked to come to this location between 1 and 4 today? Are these complaints from before, during, or after the period of time? On the city’s Facebook page, a respected resident says he was one of a dozen volunteers on site. Perhaps that person could be contacted. A little research could’ve gone a long way: either strengthening or refuting these accusations.[/quote]

      • new2hoboken says:

        ya, i think more info is needed. if there were volunteers, what were they doing? obviously – something – also, the people picking up the items could have pitched in to help organize it… looks like a HUGE amount to go through, and i’m not sure how much man power was there to help. where is all this now? now that it’s raining? hopefully being organized somewhere? [quote comment=”218172″]I’m not sure exactly what happened here, but I don’t think FOX 5 or Hoboken411 knows either. Why is there no mention that volunteers were asked to come to this location between 1 and 4 today? Are these complaints from before, during, or after the period of time? On the city’s Facebook page, a respected resident says he was one of a dozen volunteers on site. Perhaps that person could be contacted. A little research could’ve gone a long way: either strengthening or refuting these accusations.[/quote]

  2. showme789 says:

    Who does that? How about a Mayor who giggles like a school girl when visiting the HHA with Eli Manning. That’s who does that. How about a Mayor who never visited anywhere during the aftermath of Sandy without being accompanied by a film crew.That’s who does that. Who does that? How about a Mayor who wanted to stop the Dept. of Public works from using that big bulldozer for rescue operations so that she could pose on it during her interview with CNN? That’s who does that. Who does that? How about a Mayor who has a Hallloween parade when many, many children in town can’t find their costumes under the debris left behind by the storm. That’s who does that.
    Face it folks. The despicable action of this mayor by dumping well intended donations on a dirty sidewalk is typical of her disdain for the poor of this community.

    • 212transplant says:

      You are so correct! I was appalled that they held the parade today, and heard from many friends that it was badly organized. Since when does a costume party take precedence over getting the city back on it’s feet? Are we so hyper-sensitive to our darling children to forget the scale of what happened just two weeks ago? Are they pandering to voters? Preposterous!

      [quote comment=”218168″]Who does that? How about a Mayor who giggles like a school girl when visiting the HHA with Eli Manning. That’s who does that. How about a Mayor who never visited anywhere during the aftermath of Sandy without being accompanied by a film crew.That’s who does that. Who does that? How about a Mayor who wanted to stop the Dept. of Public works from using that big bulldozer for rescue operations so that she could pose on it during her interview with CNN? That’s who does that. Who does that? How about a Mayor who has a Hallloween parade when many, many children in town can’t find their costumes under the debris left behind by the storm. That’s who does that. Face it folks. The despicable action of this mayor by dumping well intended donations on a dirty sidewalk is typical of her disdain for the poor of this community.[/quote]

    • edroadboss says:

      thats because its a person who wasn’t born and raised in hoboken i know i don’t live there anymore but i still am in touch with hoboken being a grad. of 1972.[quote comment=”218168″]Who does that? How about a Mayor who giggles like a school girl when visiting the HHA with Eli Manning. That’s who does that. How about a Mayor who never visited anywhere during the aftermath of Sandy without being accompanied by a film crew.That’s who does that. Who does that? How about a Mayor who wanted to stop the Dept. of Public works from using that big bulldozer for rescue operations so that she could pose on it during her interview with CNN? That’s who does that. Who does that? How about a Mayor who has a Hallloween parade when many, many children in town can’t find their costumes under the debris left behind by the storm. That’s who does that. Face it folks. The despicable action of this mayor by dumping well intended donations on a dirty sidewalk is typical of her disdain for the poor of this community.[/quote]

  3. showme789 says:

    Unfortunately most of us didn’t have the ability to watch tv. Difficult to do that when there’s no power in your house. But I did hear from out of town friends that the city was coming off as woefully unprepared and that the mayor was fumbling over her words and failed to answer questions that were posed to her.[quote comment=”218173″]You don’t need to do any research into this administration. Have you seen the television over the last few weeks? Embarrassing.[/quote]

  4. briank says:

    I drove past this scene and it made me angry on many fronts. It was unorganized, dangerous (cops had to close off right lane of Observer so someone didn’t get hit by a bus), and insensitive. There has been a problem in the aftermath of Sandy with people who are too independent or too proud to go to a shelter even though they are freezing in their dark homes, or running out of food. If I went from a comfortable middle class life here in Hoboken to having to scrounge through boxes on a sidewalk on the busiest street in town, I would feel ashamed and embarrassed. It is not easy for people to take a handout so it was quite insensitive to do that on the damn sidewalk.

  5. cptpappy says:

    I’m still waiting for the Mayor, our council person or any City Hall rep to come back to my side of town. Obama, Christie, Cuomo & Bloomberg in NY, but not these band of clowns. Did anyone notice all the sirens only around 2:00pm when the mayor gave her community ‘updates’. She gave up on parts of town if a person she did not like (hello opposing council memebers) and never bothered to see the needs of the entire town….and that goes for most of the coucil (Mr. Occhipinti seems to have done well).

    Many people feel heartbroken for our communty and neighbors who lost everything. The Mayor? Too busy playing politics (what are you gonna do Zimmer, give everyone a turkey for a vote like Stack does? And what the hell are you doing with vultures like Sen Lesniak? You and your entire team should have your behinds kicked back up to New Hampshire where you belong…..the people are hurting, and all you do is thank everyone and pat each other on the back?

    The thanks go to the patient good people of town who now need housing, money, food, clothing (you botched that), transportation. These neighbors helped each other, checked on each other (especially those who lost everything and still helped others)….all you croonies hid in City Hall.

    Thank the President, the Governor, the cops and fireman, ALL the good volunteers who actually helped, not post flyers that were days old. mayor, you mocked a person when they said have soemone with a megaphone go to the neighborhoods……when your technology goes, your ‘toys’ and your so-called team are useless. This coming froma group of us who voted for you!!!

    Those who should be driven to the Turnpike entrance and escorted out of town: the mayor and entire council, all your wealthy supporters and those who help support your wealthy donors/’friends’. You know, those who are the one’s who are the school board, the ‘fundraisers for everything’ realtors and developers and lawyers and behind the scene players who back you…..shame on all of you.

    • animal_lover says:

      Cptpappy, the mayor and her allies have never served the “community-at-large”. A long preanticipated disastsr like this only makes it more apparent.[quote comment=”218186″]I’m still waiting for the Mayor, our council person or any City Hall rep to come back to my side of town. Obama, Christie, Cuomo & Bloomberg in NY, but not these band of clowns. Did anyone notice all the sirens only around 2:00pm when the mayor gave her community ‘updates’. She gave up on parts of town if a person she did not like (hello opposing council memebers) and never bothered to see the needs of the entire town….and that goes for most of the coucil (Mr. Occhipinti seems to have done well).Many people feel heartbroken for our communty and neighbors who lost everything. The Mayor? Too busy playing politics (what are you gonna do Zimmer, give everyone a turkey for a vote like Stack does? And what the hell are you doing with vultures like Sen Lesniak? You and your entire team should have your behinds kicked back up to New Hampshire where you belong…..the people are hurting, and all you do is thank everyone and pat each other on the back?The thanks go to the patient good people of town who now need housing, money, food, clothing (you botched that), transportation. These neighbors helped each other, checked on each other (especially those who lost everything and still helped others)….all you croonies hid in City Hall.Thank the President, the Governor, the cops and fireman, ALL the good volunteers who actually helped, not post flyers that were days old. mayor, you mocked a person when they said have soemone with a megaphone go to the neighborhoods……when your technology goes, your ‘toys’ and your so-called team are useless. This coming froma group of us who voted for you!!!Those who should be driven to the Turnpike entrance and escorted out of town: the mayor and entire council, all your wealthy supporters and those who help support your wealthy donors/’friends’. You know, those who are the one’s who are the school board, the ‘fundraisers for everything’ realtors and developers and lawyers and behind the scene players who back you…..shame on all of you.[/quote]

      • cptpappy says:

        animal_lover:

        I couldn’t agree more…..its a joke they got their November ‘extension’….hope all the people see what mistake that was[quote comment=”218193″]Cptpappy, the mayor and her allies have never served the “community-at-large”. A long preanticipated disastsr like this only makes it more apparent.[/quote]

  6. cptpappy says:

    And folks, for those who may or may not continue to comment, this was not an expression about the politics. This was the disappointment in the so-called leaders of this town. Being inept goes to all parties……its about human beings, about care and compassion, not the sound bites or the ugly mugs on TV.

    The shows like Survivor or Revolution where the lights go out for good? These shows can now borrow from real life……where IPads, Twatters and Facebookers had their what they felt was important: a charging station!!! Or don’t ya love when the locals say keep bars open and the town has no lights….yes, send your daughters to town then……or, speaking of the greedy bar owners, how about those who say price gauge those in that same community….you store owners know who you are….and the worst are those who loot and rob their own neighborhood businesses, like the slime who robbed the pharmacy on Willow and 9th.

  7. animal_lover says:

    What about the extra $100, 000 spent on an assistent business mgr because our projects are so complex. How about putting that business mgr and assist mgr w feet on the ground – managing donations is a complex job. Instead of managing the budget dollars she has misallocated she is using the disaster to ask for monetary donations.

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