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Helping hurricane victims in Hartford

Jewish Family Services’ Tara’s Closet and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford (JCRC) have joined a community-wide effort to help victims of the recent spate of hurricanes by donating hundreds of winter clothing items to the Centro de Ayuda Para Nuestros Amigos Caribeños (Help Center for our Caribbean Friends), a relief center managed by CREC and local community agencies, located at 15 Van Dyke Ave. in Hartford. Opened Nov. 1, the relief center helps displaced families relocating to the Hartford region from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands as the result of recent hurricanes. Winter clothing is particularly needed – sweaters, coats, scarves, hats and gloves.

Following a drive held this fall, Tara’s Closet, in partnership with JCRC, collected new and like-new winter clothing and outerwear for men, women, teens, and children, which were donated to the relief center on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

“It is in times like this when we all must come together, to help those in great need,” said Barbara Roth, founder of Tara’s Closet. Puerto Rico has been hit hard, and we will do everything we can to help our friends and family as they face immense adversity. There is no question that we must do all we can do to help. We must all come together and provide a helping hand.”

For more information on Tara’s Closet and Jewish Family Services, please visit To learn more about the JCRC, visit or call 860-232-4483.

CAP: Volunteers packed 50 boxes of clothing donated to families relocating to the Hartford area from Puerto Rico, which were then delivered to a relief center managed by CREC and local community agencies.

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