NEWARK, NJ - HBSE, the parent company of the New Jersey Devils, is focused on giving back to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Devils Team President Jake Reynolds discussed why giving back to the community is so important to HBSE.
"From a community standpoint it's been really inspiring to see our organization led by our managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer step up in this time of need," said Reynolds. "It's such an unprecedented time to be able to give back to the community. It's something that's been very important to them, to us as an organization as HBSE, and to be able to step up and help across a couple key pillars."
The Devils are primarily supporting three different key pillars in the northern New Jersey community.
"One being families, and being able to help feed families that are in need. Two has been our frontline and health care workers, and the last one, is in and around children and being able to help them learn in such a difficult and challenging time," said Reynolds.
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HBSE gave meals to over 160,000 families in the communities we work and play - those in Northern New Jersey, Camden and Philadelphia. Primarily, the Newark market has focused on through the Mayor's Food Assistance Programs, including providing food cards to city residents to support the families in the community. To support frontline and health care workers, HBSE donated supplies and financial support to the RWJBarnabas Health network, including over 7,000 gloves and 10,000 masks. Additionally, Josh Harris and David Blitzer made a significant six-figure financial contribution to help buy PPE supplies for the network of hospitals throughout the state. In partnership with the city of Philadelphia, HBSE donated over 11,000 Chromebooks to help students stay connected with their schools and teachers. The group has future plans to continue to buy educational programs in Newark as well. All of the programs have been recognized and promoted by Devils players and management, further showing the impact the Devils' organization has in this trying time.
"Our market has been hit pretty hard and it's impacted everybody. It's inspiring to see this community come together and support each other," said Reynolds about the community rallying during the pandemic.
Reynolds challenged the community with a call to action during this time.
"Step up and really lead from the front," said Reynolds. "That goes from our managing partners to Scott O'Neil, our CEO, to every one of our employees to our players."
"Support each other, stay healthy, stay happy, stay safe, social distance, and do your part."