Taiwan supports New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

Taiwan stood by the State of New Jersey and neighboring states after the devastating Hurricane Sandy swept through the region in late October of 2012. In November, the government of The Republic of China (Taiwan) announced $1.3 million in relief and reconstruction aid to the United States, providing a much needed relief effort in a time of need. Taiwan was also the only government that reached out to support the State of New Jersey.

The New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund was formed shortly to seek supports from all partners-corporate and non profits- to rebuild the Garden State. The fund was chaired by First Lady Mary Pat Christe, and in the picture we can see the strong solidarity of of true friendship between Taiwan and New Jersey (from left to right: TECO New York representatives Director Jerry K.H. Chen, Mary Pat Christe, and TECO Representatives Oliver N.C. Hsaio and Elisa Tsai).

Congressman Albio Sires of New Jersey also praised Taiwan's support during this hard time, and in a Statement for the Congressional Record on December 5, 2012 his recognition of Taiwan’s support for Hurricane Sandy victims: "We are grateful to the people of Taiwan and the ROC government for extending a helping hand during this difficult time. The people of Taiwan and their government have always been charitable and generous during our times of need. Taiwan gave generously in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and it was a major international donor to the Twin Towers Fund, as well as the Pentagon Memorial Fund. Taiwan was also a heavy contributor to humanitarian aid in Iraq and Afghanistan." [see full Statement of Recgnition here]