A sports bar in Maspeth will be the site for another fundraiser as the people of Queens continue to send donations to Puerto Rico after the island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria last month.
On Saturday, Oct. 14, TJ’s Sports Bar, located at 60-54 Fresh Pond Rd., will be hosting a fundraiser for hurricane relief for Puerto Rico from 5 to 9 p.m.
According to Jessica Gaspar, the event’s organizer, the fundraiser will be collecting monetary donations as well as items needed by the people of Puerto Rico. In order to help raise money, TJ’s Sports Bar will be selling Spanish foods during the fundraiser, as well as tickets for raffles, with 100 percent of the proceeds being given to United for Puerto Rico.
“We have the privilege to live in a country where you have everything. Right now we have everything we could possibly need here,” Gaspar said. “And then you have a country that has nothing. As human beings, we need to get together and do something for others. We need to just love each other.”
This is not Gaspar’s first time organizing a fundraiser for hurricane relief, however. She helped put together a fundraiser for families who were affected by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
TJ’s Sports Bar will be accepting donations leading up to the event as well, Gaspar said. Anyone can visit the bar to drop off their donations — whether it is food, cleaning supplies, money or anything else that can help the cleanup and recovery efforts — while the bar is open.
This is only one of many fundraising events and drop off locations around Queens collecting donations and support for Puerto Rico. Local elected officials have opened their doors for donations, as well as NYPD Precincts and FDNY fire houses from across the borough.