In the early hours of a cool November morning, a fire breaks out at an apartment building here in Paterson. The blaze, which consumes two apartments and destroys several others by smoke and water, leaves 21 residents displaced. A young couple from that apartment building walk through our doors. Hours earlier, this couple and their two small children lost their home and everything they own. They are in shock and afraid. They're staying with some family for now, but they are in major need of support.
Our team jumps into action. We gather food, clothing, hats, scarves and coats, as well as pillows, bedding, kitchenware, and other essentials. For our new friends, these donations bring much-needed relief, and hope for a better tomorrow. While nothing can undo the damage of losing one's home, this family will have the support they need to stay hunger-free and start their recovery. Your support makes it possible. Thank you for helping us serve our neighbors when they need it most!
Every year, thousands of families face disaster and struggle to get back on their feet. CUMAC is here to help. Consider donating new or gently used clothing, household items, and/or small furniture to our Community Closet. Call (973-742-5518) or e-mail our office to learn more about our disaster relief program. For more ways you can support our work visit our donation page.