LIVINGSTON, NJ - Two years ago, Livingston resident, Eli Siegel, now 12, was riding his bicycle around his neighborhood with his friends when he was hit by a car and thrown, landing directly on his head. An ambulance was immediately called and Eli's parents, Stacey and Steven Siegel, were told by the EMT's, police and the doctors that wearing his helmet saved his life.
From this experience, Eli became very aware of how fortunate he was and of the importance for having and wearing the proper helmet. The family then began researching how to help other children, who might not be able to afford helmets, get them. Next, Eli and his parents created the charity called Helmets Eliminating Accidental Deaths (H.E.A.D.), which purchases new helmets and donates them to The Boys and Girls Club of Newark Bike Exchange.
"I think it's sad that some kids cannot afford a helmet and do not have the proper protection," Eli stated.
“We are so proud and overwhelmed by how many people got behind this project and we love that Eli took a negative and turned it into a positive in helping others," Steven said.
Coincidently, on June 7, while Eli is being Bar Mitzvah’d, the Boys and Girls Club of Newark will be holding a "Great Big, Little Bike Giveaway.” Eli said he is excited that every child who receives a free bike at the event will be also given a free helmet from H.E.A.D.
In honor of Eli's Bar Mitzvah, he created a project through Temple Emanuel in Livingston to raise money for H.E.A.D. So far, he has raised $4.275.00—all of which goes directly to H.E.A.D. Currently, that money has bought 624 helmets. Fundraising is currently open and donations can still be made by going to www.youcaring.com/HEAD.
Livingston has one of the best school systems in New Jersey; it raises up Governors, Playwrights, Actors, Artists, Doctors, Lawyers…or to put it plainly… Superstars! But before they became successful grownups, they did extraordinary things as kids.
Read on to learn about the exceptional things our Livingston children are doing these days.
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