More than 100 Javits Center employees have pitched in to sort, pack, wrap and ship hundreds of thousands donated supplies as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico. Since Governor Cuomo and superstar Jennifer Lopez announced a statewide donation drive at the Javits Center on September 24, organizations and individuals from across the New York region have flocked to the convention center to donate various supplies, including bottles of water, baby diapers and canned goods. Other celebrities – from Rapsody and Jadakiss to Remy Ma and Romeo Santos -- also have joined the cause, stopping by the Javits Center to help package items and raise awareness about the importance of making a donation.
Led by Vice President of Event Set-Up Michael Ruberry and Vice President of Security and Safety Solutions Ken Dixon, the effort is especially meaningful to our employees, many of whom have family and friends who have been affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. That’s why so many staffers have lent a hand – from monitoring the donation area in the Crystal Palace to loading goods onto hundreds of wooden pallets. A special thank you goes to members from Environmental Solutions and Security and Safety Solutions who have worked around-the-clock to ensure goods were received, packaged and hauled away in the most efficient way possible.
More than 350 pallets of supplies have been hauled away from the Javits Center – with help from the National Guard, Freeman and the New York State’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. “So many of our employees rose to the challenge during this important donation effort, and we are proud to play a role in helping the people of Puerto Rico,” said President and CEO Alan Steel.