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Fundraising for Ortega-Balatbat Family Continues

After the death of the 13-year-old Jersey City boy whose parents were also killed during a Virginia tornado last month, community leaders and organizations are continuing the fundraising efforts. Lheandrew Balatbat, 13, had been in a coma since the tornado killed his 38-year-old parents. Lord Balatbat and Lolibeth Ortega. He died at about 2 p.m. yesterday at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, Va., according to Greenville Memorial Funeral Home Director Louis Squitieri. The couple's two daughters -- Lieana Ann, 7, and Lharizia Ann, 12 -- survived injuries they sustained during the storm. For the rest of the story, click here.

New Jersey's 2014 Point-In-Time Count of the Homeless

NJ Counts 2014, New Jersey's annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Count of the homeless, provides a statewide snapshot of homeless households in our communities; where they find shelter, what their needs are, and what factors contribute to making them homeless. The 2014 Count reveals important demographic and other information about families and individuals who were homeless on the night of Tuesday, January 28th, 2014, and was carried out with the help of government agencies, community-based organizations, and local volunteers. To view PDF, click here.

Common Goods: Hudson County's New Thrift Shop

United Way of Hudson County will officially open its second thrift shop in Hudson County this week, expanding the non-profit agency's mission to help families in need. Caren DeGise, wife of Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, will cut the ribbon at the opening of the Common Goods Thrift Shop at 413A, 35th St. in Union City Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. DeGise is a regular contributor to Common Goods. For more information on the grand opening, click here.

Hudson County Long Term Recovery Committee

Hudson Long Term Recovery Committee (HCLTRC) came into being in early 2013 as a response to SUPERSTORM SANDY, and is a voluntary association of entities involved in relief, recovery, rebuilding, and community development associated with disasters affecting Hudson County. For more information on the HCLTRC, click here to be directed to their home page or visit their Facebook or Twitter.