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7 Happy Local News Stories to Bring You Some Serious Joy

by Corinne Batsides
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With everything going on in our community and around the world, it’s more important now than ever to learn to count your blessings and choose to see the good around you. During these times of stress, it’s easy to dwell on the negative, but the real challenge is to seek out the positive.

Here at Hoboken Girl, we hope to lend you a hand in the daunting task of staying positive and maintaining your mental health {as well as staying informed!} by giving you weekly updates about all the happy little things going on in our community. There is goodness around the corner — and right here, if you take a look. Here are some of our favorite stories of the week in Hoboken + Jersey City, showing the power of community:

Dharma Home Suites Donating Apartments to Hoboken Residents in Need

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Dharma Home Suites and Pegasus Partners are teaming up to help out locals and visitors in need by donating furnished apartments for rent. The ultimate goal is to keep everyone off the streets to help to eliminate the spread in our neighborhoods. As of now, Dharma Home Suites is donating three apartments at 1414 Grand Street for emergency housing, social distancing, and even office space for those working from home.

If you’re in need, don’t worry, just send them an email at [email protected] and get yourself safe and situated. 

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Mario’s Pizza Giving Out Free Meals to Senior Citizens + Veterans 

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Have no fear Mario’s Classic Pizza in Hoboken is here —for take out and delivery, that is. Support your local businesses and treat yourself by ordering some yummy take out. Also, senior citizens and veterans can give Mario’s a call at 201-659-0808 for a free hot meal. We are so thankful for our wonderful local businesses for their help in getting us all through this tough time. 

Read More: Local Grocery Delivery Apps to Use ASAP So You Don’t Have to Leave the House

Ani Ramen Feeds over 15,000 Families With Their Meal Kits — For Free

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In a post on their Instagram, Ani Ramen wrote, We are all out of meal kits at all our locations! We have our over 15000 meals ❤️❤️Thank you all so much for the love. If you wish to support us through this time we are selling gift cards online and matching all your purchases!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼 Please check back soon for more updates.” The multi-location ramen spot donated meal kits of ramen to locals this past week.

Jersey City Schools Serving Free Meals to Students


Even though schools are closed, 18 local school sites are making free meals for children. From 9:00AM-12:00PM, any Jersey City residents under 18 years of age can stop by for free breakfast and lunch. The Board of Education is working hard to make sure no children are left hungry, and Jersey City’s wonderful crossing guards are sticking around to hand out food to kids in need.

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A Slew of Locals Donate Food to the Hoboken Shelter

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As Hoboken stocks up its shelter with food, Hoboken residents are coming together to help those in need. One very pregnant resident, Laura Citsme, literally ran over to ShopRite to pack her baby’s stroller full of food to haul over to the shelter.

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 Locals all throughout the community are coming together to donate food and baked goods, and the Starbucks on Newark Street in Hoboken even donated its leftover milk after being shut down.  Want to help? Hoboken Shelter also has an Amazon Wishlist which can be found here.

A Local Resident Drops Off a Hefty Tip to Bin 14 — Without Dining There

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With restaurants, gyms, and movie theaters mandated to close their doors, and people told to stay at home, it’s easy to imagine the way small businesses are suffering right now. Knowing the gravity of the situation, a loyal Bin 14 Wine Bar customer offered a generous tip to her server the night the bar announced it was closing, saying “I come here all the time and I’m sad that you are going through this,” — without even dining there.

Every little bit of support our local businesses can get means a lot to them. Even though you can’t dine in at your favorite restaurant or browse the web at your normal coffee spot, many of our local restaurants are staying open to offer services such as take out orders or even delivery.  And don’t forget to tip WELL!

See More: 9 Ways You Can Support Local Businesses and *Not* Leave Your House

Jersey Mike’s Offering Free Meals to Families in Need

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Jersey Mike’s Subs of Hoboken is opening its doors to those in need. The sub shop will be providing free meals to children from PreK to 12th grade. Children in need can stop by from 11:00AM-2:00PM Monday through Friday to grab a delicious, free meal. Every donation to our community like this is what is keeping hunger out of Hoboken during this time.


We’re so grateful to have such a strong + willing community. Stay healthy, stay happy, and stay home!

Have another happy news story you want to share?

Let us know — email us at [email protected] or send it to us @thehobokengirl on IG!

We appreciate it.

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