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Local Tweens Raise Money for Tevlin Family

June 30, 2014 at 1:32 AM

LIVINGSTON, NJ – This past weekend, Noah Minsky, 12, of Livingston and his friends ran a Lemonade stand, for two days, in honor of Brendan Tevlin, the victim of a homicide that occurred earlier in the week, to support the Tevlin family. They raised $1100, and monies are still being delivered to the Minsky mailbox. In addition, Philly Pretzels donated pretzels to the stand, which also sold iced tea and lollipops.

“My son Noah and Sean Tevlin have been very close since kindergarten,” said Noah’s mom Tammy Minsky. “They have played travel baseball for four summers together.”

Tammy added, “Noah is very upset for his friend and his cousins, the Magniers, who he says are close to his heart. He just wanted to do something to help the families and to make himself feel better. He saw that a friend was running a lemonade stand for the Tevlins and told me that he wanted to do one too.”

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According to Tammy, around 300 or so people including a lot of teenagers came to Noah’s lemonade stand.

Noah and his friends who helped with the stand plan to give the monies collected directly to the Tevlins. It has been published that in lieu of flowers, the Tevlins would like people to make donations to the Seton Hall Prep Fund, but the children want the Tevlins to decide what to do with the money collected at the lemonade stand.

“Sean is one of my best friends and it made me sad to see him hurting,” said Noah. “I just wanted to help him as he has always been there for me. And, the family is really nice.”

Erin O’Donnell, 13, who ran the stand with Noah said, “I wanted to help in any way and show the family that the community is thinking of them and wants to help too.”

Adriana Franchino, 13, who also helped out with the stand said, “It was so tragic and I wanted to help the family any way I could.”

“I am so proud of the kids for working together and showing the Tevlin and Magnier families how much they care about them.”

To read more about how the community is rallying around the Tevlin family, click HERE.

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