13 Heartwarming Local News Stories to Bring Some Happiness to Your Friday

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Happy Friday everybody! It’s time for another weekly dose of positivity to kick-start the weekend. There’s so much beauty in watching our community bond grow stronger than ever, and these local businesses and residents want to share the joy with you. This week’s happy news includes everything from *more* generous donations, community bonding {from home}, to a local resident making it onto national TV. If you’re ready to start your weekend off in the right headspace, then keep reading.

Griot Cafe Partners with Drinkhybrid to Provide Food for Hospital Staff

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This week Griot Cafe partnered up with Drinkhybrid to provide drinks and food to the staff at Christ Hospital. They ended up donating 90 meals and 50 delicious, fresh-squeezed lemonades to the hospital. It’s so uplifting to see our community supporting our brave healthcare workers as they battle COVID-19 and keep us safe.

A 96-Year-Old Hoboken Senior Makes Masks to Donate

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Ninety six-year-old Hoboken local Josie Cemelli has dedicated herself to making homemade masks from scratch to donate to the first responders who are lacking in the proper equipment to protect themselves while they are protecting us. Josie’s energy and good heart is a moving message to us all to be thankful for what we have and willing to give what we can.

Local Gives Back to Frontline Heroes


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Hidden Grounds Coffee is giving away bagels + goods to our frontline heroes when customers reach out to them to sponsor the donation. This week, local Nikki Patel sponsored an assortment of bagels and bakery items to be donated to our heroes. If you want to sponsor boxes of coffee or food to be donated, you can sponsor it here.

Maid In Hoboken Cleans Up the Shelter


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The Hoboken Shelter is doing a lot to give back to the community right now, so you can imagine how grateful they were when the cleaning staff of Maid In Hoboken came and gave them a courtesy deep clean. After what they’ve done to give back, the staff of the shelter certainly deserve all the help they can get.

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D’s Soul Full Cafe Donates to The Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

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Hoboken’s D’s Soul Full Cafe made a generous donation of delicious, healthy foods to keep the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps fueled and ready to keep working tirelessly as the fearless first responders that we rely on.

All Saints Episcopal Day School Hosts a Blood Drive

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All Saints Episcopal Day School is hosting a blood drive to support those who are fighting for their lives right now against COVID-19. If you can, join in and donate on Friday, April 3rd at All Saints Parish located at 701 Street.

Trattoria Napoli Gives Complimentary Pizza Pies to the Community


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Trattoria Napoli in Union City is donating complimentary margarita pies this week to the community, healthcare workers, and anyone in need of a pizza pick-me-up due to lack of work at this time. While the entire menu is still available for purchase — specializing in wood-burning oven gourmet pizzas and Italian pasta dishes — chef Ibrahim encourages people to come in and pick up a free pizza, too.

Hoboken’s Mario’s Pizza Donates it’s Delicious Pizza to the Shelter

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Mario’s Pizza in Hoboken is back again with more generous + delicious donations. This week the team brought over a big tray of its signature pizza to the Hoboken Shelter not only to support those in need at the shelter but also to give back to the wonderful staff volunteering there.

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Hoboken Residents Come Together and Sing from their Balconies Nightly

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Earlier this week, after a long stretch of self quarantining, locals in Hoboken decided to stretch their legs and head out to their balconies for a little {socially distanced} community time. All the neighbors sang along to “We Are The World” and the song rang through the streets of Hoboken with a much-needed surge of hope. Join in every night at 7:00PM to sing with the Hoboken community!

City Paint + Ace Hardware Gives Away Masks to Frontline Workers

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City Paint + Ace Hardware took to Facebook to announce a silent act of charity it had been doing all along. In recent weeks, the company managed to donate over 300 masks to Hoboken University Medical Center, Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp, HUMC Intensive Care Unit, and the Office of Emergency Management Hoboken. The shop also gave masks to many local nurses, homeless residents, and the elderly in the community. Even with all this donating, City Paint + Ace Hardware announced it still has more masks available for purchase in store for anyone else in need.

Hoboken Resident Sponsors the Donation of Over 50 Sandwiches

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Hoboken resident, Dave Neuman, has reached out to local restaurant Losurdo’s to sponsor the donation of over 50 sandwiches to give to people in need. These sandwiches will be available at Losurdo’s to come in and grab, thanks to Dan. The sandwiches will be available to people who lost work due to COVID-19 or anyone struggling financially at this time. He also encourages medical professionals to come in and grab a bite on him — just mention the “free sub special.”

Hoboken Cobbler Repairs + Donates Shoes to the Homeless


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The Hoboken Cobbler is repairing shoes for free to then donate to the Hoboken Shelter. They encourage the Hoboken community to donate their old shoes to them for repair. They’re offering free pick up or drop off at 600 Palisade Ave in Union City. They’ll have the shoes looking brand new and feeling great for all those in need at the Hoboken Shelter.

Locals Write Cards to Send Hoboken’s Senior Citizens

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Locals have teamed up to write cards to Hoboken’s senior citizen population. Councilman Mike  DeFusco got in touch with Hoboken Girl to tell us that Hoboken has “over 5,000 seniors in Hoboken and in just a few days we’ve already got about 600 cards that will be sent.” However, that number is still growing. If you’d like to write a card, please fill out this form here.

There’s so much to be grateful for and inspired by all around us, so stay positive Hudson County! And don’t forget to keep finding ways to give back!

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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.