BELMAR, NJ — As an employee of The Home Depot in Neptune for the past 22 years, it’s no wonder Kevin Woolley is a familiar face to store customers, especially residents in his hometown of Belmar.

But more than that, Woolley, who has cerebral palsy, is an inspiration to everyone who crosses his path — not only because of his work ethic, but because of his love for life.

Admired by co-workers, neighbors and friends, Woolley recently was named Person of the Year by the Monmouth Ocean Foundation for Children — an honor that was placed in the spotlight by the Belmar Council.

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At its June 19 meeting, the governing body recognized Woolley for his dedication and work ethic in setting “an example to which we all should aspire,” read a proclamation issued in his honor. “We are proud to have you as a resident of our town.”

During the presentation with Woolley at his side, Belmar Mayor Brian Magovern asked for a show of hands of anyone who has asked the 42-year-old for help while shopping at The Home Depot. Without hesitation, dozens of hands popped up and smiles swept the room — a testament to that neighborly pride.

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