Thursday’s 4 alarm fire at 482 and 484 Kennedy Boulevard in Bayonne left numerous residents homeless, including many students from the city’s public schools. Thankfully, the intense inferno did not result in the loss of life.
Now the Bayonne Board of Education is looking to assist those families affected by Thursday afternoon’s blaze. Superintendent of Schools John Niesz has announced that the school district will be collecting gift cards of any type to help out the victims. In a letter addressed to the Bayonne community, Niesz wrote, “Our students and their families find themselves in a difficult situation and we are asking for your help. Please join me in any financial assistance you can provide to these families who have lost their homes.”
Gift card donations may be dropped off at the Rich Korpi Ice Rink on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Donations of gift cards can also be dropped off at the ice rink on Monday, May 18 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
The Superintendent added, “Unfortunately, at this time we are not accepting any clothing or food donations — we hope you understand we can only accept gift cards.”
The cause of Thursday’s fire remains under investigation.