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Residents have only what they could carry


Some of our neighbors in Lambertville have lost everything but the items they could carry with them as they fled rising waters left behind by tropical depression Ida.
As a result, there are many displaced families with nowhere to stay. Fisherman’s Mark, a nonprofit in Lambertville has been doing all it can to help families in need during this difficult time.
“Many homes and apartments on the north side of town have been condemned due to flooding,” said Jennifer Williford, executive director of Fisherman’s Mark. “Some of these displaced residents are our clients, who were already struggling to pay their rent. They have very little and what little they have is now gone.”
Williford estimates that of the roughly 1,200 clients that Fisherman’s Mark serves on an ongoing basis, approximately 50 families have been affected. Many are families that had been suffering economically through the Covid crisis and were in the process of getting back on their feet.

“Right now it appears that clothing and temporary housing are the most imminent needs, as well as restoring basic living necessities that were damaged or destroyed in the storm and its aftermath,” said Williford. Tax deductible donations will be used towards gift cards for stores such as Walmart, Marshalls, Kohls, grocery stores, etc. One anonymous donor generously dropped off $2,000 worth of Walmart gift cards.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, visit or drop off gift cards at the office at 37 S Main St. Lambertville, N.J.
Claire Lynch, Lambertville, N.J.