Thursday, November 21, 2013
"It was hard to hear the devastation Hurricane Sandy had on the city," Hart said at Cineplex 12, Newark's recently re-opened movie theater, as he donated $50,000 to the Newark Fireman's Charity Fund and $50,000 in gift cards from Target and Home Depot to be handed out to residents.
"The good news is I'm donating all of these," the Philadelphia native said. "The bad news is I don't have the time to hand out all of these."
Hart plays two shows tonight at NJPAC before continuing on a national tour.
The job of passing out the cards will fall to Mayor Cory Booker, who called Hart a "soldier" in the relief effort.
"It means a lot," Booker told reporters. "You can see the effect he has on folks in the community."
One of those folks was Rakim Ben, 41; a South Ward resident who received one of the first gift cards.
"I was out of work about four days," he said. "I'm appreciative. I'm very appreciative."