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NYC pizzeria, JAY-Z team up to aid Puerto Rico, Mexico

A Manhattan pizzeria has joined forces with rapper JAY-Z to provide hurricane relief supplies to hard-hit Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Brooklyn Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant) was among the volunteers loading boxes of toilet paper, water bottles and diapers into a 17-foot truck parked outside Champion Pizza in Greenwich Village Friday.

Owner of Champion Pizza Hakki Akdeniz (pictured), 37, is tjoiing forces with Jay Z's Tidal to send supplies down to Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Owner of Champion Pizza Hakki Akdeniz (pictured), 37, is tjoiing forces with Jay Z’s Tidal to send supplies down to Puerto Rico and Mexico.

(Shawn Inglima/for New York Daily News)

The supplies will be flown to the storm-devastated regions on a cargo plane chartered by JAY-Z’s music-streaming company TIDAL.

“This is what we do when there is a crisis,” Cornegy Jr. said. “This is how we show love.”

Hakki Akdeniz, 37, owner of Champion Pizza, said he was moved to help after hearing from several friends in Puerto Rico.

“They’re really suffering,” Akdeniz said.

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