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How You Can Help Hurricane Harvey Victims?

 

  • The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help provide immediate relief. Text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. You can also visit Red Cross Website or call 1-855-999-GIVE.
  • The United Way has also announced a way to text a donation: Text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund.
  • Donations to support The Salvation Army's Hurricane Harvey relief efforts can be made through their website or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Give cash, not supplies
Most charities prefer monetary donations. These are more flexible and cause less of a strain on the charity, allowing them to help more people.

History

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Officially founded in 1838 and carved out of other surrounding counties, Mercer County has a historical impact that reaches back to the pivotal battles of the American Revolutionary War.

General George Washington led his famous December crossing of the Delaware and routed the Hessians right here in Mercer County. That turning point of our country's struggle for independence and liberty is just one of the many historically significant things to have happened here in Mercer.

Further, when the Revolutionary War concluded, the City of Trenton and Princeton Township took turns serving as the temporary Federal Capital.

Mercer County is named in honor of General Hugh Mercer, a distinguished hero of the Revolution, who died from wounds inflicted during the Battle of Princeton in 1777.

Other notable historical figures of America's past have also become part of the history of Mercer County. Former Vice President Aaron Burr, Presidents Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson, and the Marquis de Lafayette have all become part of the history of Mercer County.

Mercer County also has the dubious distinction of being the famed landing spot for a Martian invasion of the United States. In 1938, in what has become one of the most famous radio addresses of all time, Orsen Welles acted out his "War of the Worlds" invasion. Wells landed his imaginary aliens on Mercer County soil, using what is now West Windsor Township as the point of first contact. And our history is continually being added to daily by our residents. For even more about Mercer County history, also check out the History Program links under the County's Cultural & Heritage Commission.

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