Before there was “Boston Strong” there was “New Jersey Strong.”
After Hurricane Sandy many celebrities and Governor Christie vowed to get the Jersey shore up and running again. Along with the rich and famous there were ordinary folk who were horrified by the massive destruction.
Among them was a 12-year-old boy whose family friends lost not only large parts of their recently remodeled home but their dad’s house which had been in the family for generations. The boy was so moved by the pictures of this that he decided to help. He designed t-shirts which read “Jersey Strong,” the O being in the shape of the hurricane symbol. He worked diligently to sell these shirts by attending local games, fairs and contacting everyone he knew. The shirts were sold for the boy’s Bar Mitzvah project. Two weeks ago he donated $4,000 to the South Jersey Chapter of the Red Cross.
The 12-year-old is our grandson, Jared Belkin of Whitehouse,N.J. who will be a Bar Mizvah on May18. We’re very proud of his efforts and even more so of his caring nature. He reminds us that we can all make a difference — even the young among us.