HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township will soon have a new playground for their little residents. Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin, Where Angels Play Foundation Founder Bill Lavin and Joey’s Little Angels founders James and Nicole Angiolino jointly announced a public-private partnership to create “Joey’s Place” playground at Limewood Park.

Joey’s Little Angels was founded by Hamiltonians James and Nicole Angiolino after the passing of their son Joseph Thomas. He passed away after a courageous battle with Hurler’s Syndrome at 15 months of age.  James, Nicole and their family, friends, and supporters have raised over $150,000 in donations and collected over 30,000 toys to be donated to over 30 pediatric hospitals nationwide to children battling various illnesses. 

“We have had tremendous support from our family, friends and the Hamilton community. We are looking forward to working with Where Angels Play and Hamilton Township to give back to the people that have supported the mission of Joey’s Little Angels," said the Angiolinos. "We are looking forward to seeing the children of Hamilton playing, smiling and creating memories with friends and family at Joey’s Place! We could not think of a better way to honor him!” 

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Where Angels Play Foundation was founded by former NJFMBA President Bill Lavin after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. Bill’s idea was to build 26 playgrounds in Hurricane Sandy destroyed communities – one to honor the memory of each teacher or student lost that day in Newtown, CT. 

“Where Angels Play Foundation has had the privilege of working with amazing families and communities across the US and around the world. Our mission began in 2003 in Sea Bright, New Jersey. Fifty-five playgrounds and each one special in its own way," Lavin said. "To be able to partner with Joey’s Little Angels in our home state with an organization and a little boy who has already changed so many lives and a family that has given so much to honor their son, is just another level of inspiration for us! Especially after such a difficult year, our organization like so many, are in need of an uplifting positive healing project like Joey’s playground. I am grateful for the trust James and Nicole have placed with the Angels Army and the great community of Hamilton Township.” 

This playground will be built at no-cost to Hamilton taxpayers with money raised by Where Angels Play with a goal of $100,000.

“I want to thank Where Angels Play and Joey’s Little Angels for their dedication to community service – more specifically to always helping kids be kids," said Martin. “James, Nicole and their legions of supports have contributed so much to Hamilton and our greater community that it is a fitting tribute that their son Joey have a permanent home here in Hamilton.  Moreover, this is a win for our community to have a new playground all at no cost to the taxpayer.” 

For more information about the project, visit the Where Angels Play Foundation. To donate to the playground project visit their Go Fund Me.

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