DENVILLE, NJ-- If you shopped at Denville Foodtown over the weekend and were met with smiling faces as you were leaving, Patrick and Lenny Lefebvre were the cause of just that. The father son team were out in full force this past weekend selling green lightbulbs in honor of the Green Light A Vet campaign.
The two were inspired after seeing a local commercial on television highlighting the Green Light A Vet campaign. Eight year old Patrick and his father Lenny, both from Denville, took the time out on their weekend to sell green lightbulbs for $5.00.
"We wanted to help out Veteran's and to help their wishes come true," Patrick told TAP.
The Lefebvre's were able to raise close to $350 and plan on donating their profits to the Hero's Wish campaign. The Hero's Wish campaign aims to help deployed, wounded and families of those killed in action by granting once in a lifetime wishes to heal their spirit and bring them together as a family. Lenny, an Army Veteran himself, knows how hard transitioning into civillian life can be.
"Being a veteran myself, I know all too well about the challenges facing transitioning military personnel. I also saw how motivated our town was to support this cause. It made me feel proud to be a Denville resident," Lenny said.
Patrick knows and understands the importance of taking time out to thank Veteran's. Lenny spoke about how Patrick has been around military bases all his life, but his chest swelled with pride when he realized his son wanted to help Veterans.
"Patrick has been around the military lifestyle for all of his life. He was born near Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and now makes frequent trips to Picatinny Arsenal right down the road. His understanding of what it means to serve is really awesome. I don't have any words to describe his enthusiasm and vigor for this cause makes me feel other than extremely proud," Lenny said with a smile.
The father son duo have already been planning more fundriasers that they would like to do together. Patrick was extremely grateful for every bulb sold, while Lenny finds joy in seeing them lit up on his drive home.
"I think we should plan more fundraisers," Patrick said
"We felt this cause goes hand in hand with the Green Light A Vet campaign and we are grateful that we received so much local support. It really means a lot to me personally to see the green lights as I drive home at night," Lenny added.
Patrick summed up his gratitude in one phrase.
"Thank you veterans for serving our country and protecting us."