12 Happy News Stories to Start Your Weekend Off Right

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With another week coming to an end, it’s time to reflect on all the little things that make us feel gratitude and inspiration. Thanks to our wonderful community, local front line workers have not only received the protective equipment they deserve during this time of need, but also delicious meals + treats to help boost their morale. 

As a community, we’ve learned to stay strong together and be resilient during this pandemic, and have proven that the worst of times really can bring out the best in us all. In celebration of getting through another week, here is some happy, local news.

New Company Kidd.Ink Donating Proceeds to Help Hoboken Shelter

New Hoboken-based company, Kidd.Ink, makes hand-drawn, hand-inked, and hand-cut one-of-a-kind art, stickers, framed prints, and canvas pieces out of designs created by local child artists. In order to give back to the community during the pandemic, Kidd.Ink has chosen one specific design to promote for sale {pictured above} — and 100% of the proceeds it earns will go straight to Mario’s Pizza in Hoboken. They’ve worked out a deal with Mario’s for pizzas to be donated to the Hoboken Shelter, for guests and staff.

Genuardi Clothing Fabricates Free Masks

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In response to developments in combating COVID-19, Genuardi Clothing is taking requests on their website to fabricate free cloth masks for the Hoboken community, available in both adult and children sizes. Their goal is to not only help our community flatten the curve with these masks, but also help us come out of this pandemic stronger and healthier. 

Ace Hardware Donates  to Hoboken University Medical Center

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Hoboken’s Ace Hardware on Washington street donated 24 shields this past week to the Hoboken University Medical Center. CarePoint Health took to Instagram on behalf of HUMC to show their gratitude for the donation in a time where every piece of gear is imperative to the hospital staff’s safety.

Read More: 19 Ways to Help First Responders in Hoboken, Jersey City, + Beyond

Jersey City School’s Parents Coordinate a Huge Donation

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The parents of Jersey City School PS5 came together with Jersey City’s own Ghost Truck Kitchen to coordinate a huge food donation to the Jersey City Medical Center. With the parents all joining forces, they were able to sponsor the donation of over $1,000 worth of food to donate to the hospital, making a huge difference for the first responders and staff working there.

Hoboken Local Raises $6k for First Responders Donation

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Hoboken Resident Emma Smith — fiancé of Hoboken Detective Sergeant Jonathan Mecka — managed to raise over $6,000 that will go which will go towards providing food for first responders., including the teams of the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps. and the Hoboken Fire Department. To make sure the money has even more of a local impact, she’s using the money to buying food from all local restaurants in an effort to support small businesses, as well.

Chavas Empanadas Feeds Holy Name Medical Center’s Staff

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West New York-based Columbian restaurant, Chavas Empanadas, has generously decided to feed the entire staff of Holy Name Medical center with their delicious empanadas. The owner’s 10-year-old son, Samuel, even left them a sweet handwritten note with the donation to help boost their morale. The note read, “Dear Doctors and Nurses, I want to thank you for everything you have done during these times. Also thank you for risking your lives to save others, that is very brave.”

Tony Boloney’s Gives Back + Gives Free Cooking Lessons

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This past Sunday, Tony Boloney’s organized a virtual mozzarella making class on Instagram Live. Not only did they teach their viewers how to make delicious, homemade mozzarella, but for every mozzarella making kit that was purchased from Tony Boloney’s website, they donated one XL pizza to nurses, doctors, cops, EMT workers, hotline volunteers, and other superheroes in the community. And bonus — all the leftover profits went to financially supporting their tipped workers. This is the second virtual cooking class Tony Boloney’s has organized lately with similar, generous donations and we look forward to more in the coming weeks.

Hoboken Cobbler Success Story

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This week Hoboken Cobbler received about a dozen pairs of shoes. After repairing the donated shoes, they were able to then donate 10 pairs to the Hoboken Homeless Shelter on 3rd & Bloomfield {two pairs were beyond repair}.  The Hoboken Shelter was thrilled to receive all the shoes for their guests. Hoboken Cobbler is looking forward to many more shoe donations and being able to give back to those in need at the shelter.

Local Resident Rose Spina Celebrates Her 97th Birthday — With the Mayor of Hoboken

Thanks to a beautiful letter addressed to Mayor Bhalla from Hoboken resident Vinnie Spinna, his aunt Rosa Spina had her 97th birthday celebrated with the town of Hoboken. On Tuesday, April 7th,  members of the Hoboken police and fire departments sang to Rose from outside her window. Since this was her first birthday celebrated away from her family, it’s heartening to see Rose was brought all the joy she deserves on her birthday during this stressful time.

See More: 13 Heartwarming Local News Stories to Bring Some Happiness to Your Friday

Shaka Bowl Feeds Local Hospital Staff

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This past week Hoboken’s own Shaka Bowl made a generous donation of over $6,000 worth of baked goods, smoothies, + nitrogen cold brew coffees. These donations have gone to feeding staff members at over 20 hospitals around NYC, NY, + NJ. Even with tough times hitting Shaka Bowl and restaurants around the country, the staff has found a way to give back, leaving us all with the message “when you feel helpless, help.”

Mini Donuts Donates to Local Medical Center

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Mini Donuts NYC has donated over 1,400 doughnuts to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. With the help of Deb Belfatto, they raised the money to make this generous + yummy donation — and Mini Donuts NYC and Beth aren’t done yet. So far they’ve already raised enough to make a similar donation to Jersey City Medical Center and Clara Maass + they have their sights set on donating more doughnuts to other local hospitals to put a smile on the faces of our brave frontline workers.

Corgi Spirits Makes Hand Sanitizer at their Jersey City Distillery

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A Jersey City-based small-batch spirit company has expanded its horizons to making sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic. The spirits brand is handing out their homemade hand sanitizer with free curbside pick up for the Hoboken and Jersey City community, to enable social distancing even when making purchases. Better yet, they’re encouraging members of the community to be eco-friendly + stop by with their own, old spray bottles and fill up with Corgi’s sanitizer. Giving back to the community in a time of need + saving the environment makes for a good week for Corgi Spirits.

What happy stories have you come across this week? Let us know in the comments!

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Corinne is a Jersey girl who has always loved to write, create, and make people laugh. Always the “comedian” of the friend group, she's a stand up comic and aspiring comedy writer. She studied communications/film and media at the University of Miami, with a minor in both psychology and exercise science, but now she’s living in downtown Jersey City. Singing and playing the guitar and piano are her favorite hobbies when she’s not writing, working out, or going to comedy shows.