HOBOKEN -- Riverside Pediatric Group donated close to $20K worth of formula, diapers, children's clothing and other supplies to the Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken on Tuesday. Riverside Pediatric Group doctors Azzam Baker, Zeyed Baker and Omar Baker presented the charitable donations to the club. A cash donation was also presented for $1,000 to the Boys and Girls Club courtesy of the Izdihar A. Baker Charitable Foundation. Mayor Dawn Zimmer was present for the donation ceremony.
The Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken, located at 123 Jefferson Street, suffered extraordinary damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken, Gary Greenberg said that groups like this have really made miracles happen.
"In the beginning [after the storm], I was on the sidewalk crying," admitted Greenberg. "I thought the world was coming to an end. We had our entire floor wiped out."
Greenberg said that with the help of Fields Development Group, Zog Sports, Party With Purpose, Hoboken Grace, Integrity House of Secaucus, the community and now Riverside Pediatric Group, he could finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Adam Jaeger, case manager for Jersey City and Hoboken Boys and Girls Club, said that Hoboken kids had to be bussed to Jersey City for over three weeks. Monday was the first official day that Hoboken Boys and Girls Club was able to re-open (HoLa opened the previous Monday), he said.
Riverside Medical Group has multiple offices including an office in Hoboken at 609 Washington St, so they were able to understand the devastation the town suffered.
The Izdihar A. Baker Charitable Foundation started from five individuals: Dr. Azzam A. Baker (husband of Izdihar A. Baker and Founder of Riverside Pediatric Group), their three sons Dr. Zeyad Baker, Dr. Iyad Baker and Dr. Omar Baker, and Miriam Baker (wife of Dr. Zeyad Baker). Miriam and Zeyad Baker are in the process of moving to Hoboken.
Dr. Iyad Baker is also the doctor recently mentioned a Reporter cover story for taking on the difficult case of Zoemy Alicea, a very sick little girl in Hoboken (see last week's cover story).