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Union County Launches “Blue Hearts, Warm Coats” Initiative to Comfort Residents in Need

To view a video from Union County Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados on this initiative, please click here.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners proudly announces the “Blue Hearts, Warm Coats” initiative, in partnership with the Moving New Jersey Forward Foundation, with the support of Union County Police Department, and Union County Police Chiefs Association, as part of Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados’ 2023 Chairman’s theme, “Building a Stronger Union County.”

“The harsh winter conditions pose a particular challenge for residents in need of warmth. With the collection of these generous donations and the support of our county and local police departments, we are committed to ensuring that individuals facing the cold has access to a coat.” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “Together, we are reinforcing giving back and the notion that by taking care of each other, we truly elevate the spirit of our Union County community.”

Under this program, children’s, women’s and men’s coats will be distributed by county and municipal law enforcement officers across their towns through the Union County Police Department and the Union County Chiefs Association. This initiative not only addresses the immediate needs of the community but also fosters a sense of collaboration and trust between residents and law enforcement. By having county and municipal officers actively involved in the distribution process, it creates opportunities for positive interactions that go beyond traditional law enforcement duties.

“It is with great pride that the Moving New Jersey Forward Foundation join forces with Union County to collect more than 500 winter coats to be distributed to the county’s most vulnerable population,” said Fernanda Correia, President of the Moving New Jersey Forward Foundation. “Working together, this initiative highlights the strong commitment of Union County’s leadership in ensuring an improved quality of life for every resident, regardless of their circumstances.”

“The Union County Police Chiefs Association is thrilled to once again collaborate with the County of Union and now, the Moving New Jersey Forward Foundation for this significant initiative,” said Chief Giacomo Sacca, Union County Police Chiefs Association President and Elizabeth Police Chief. “This program embodies law enforcement’s commitment to community service and allows us to contribute to a meaningful cause. Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of those in need.”

Union County would like to especially thank its donors for making this initiative possible, including: Helpsy, Northfield Bank, DIGroup Architecture, MGE, Jack’s Laundromat, MLB Mortgage, Santander Bank, Lewis Environment Consulting Group and Kidstown in Elizabeth.

“This program not only enhances our ability to serve and protect but also strengthens the bond between law enforcement and the community we proudly serve in Union County,” said Martin Mogensen, Chief of the Union County Police Department. “We will continue to work together to create a safer, warmer and more compassionate environment for all residents.”

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