HELMETTA, NJ - Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek has a simple request for residents for the next 19 days; turn the lights on. Slavicek is asking the community to band together to create a "shining example of humanity."

"Candlelight services are generally held at night and are intended to be a way for groups of people, large or small, to quietly reflect, pray together or simply show support for one another," Slavicek said. "To gather survivors of a disaster, war, tragedy or a disease to pray and remember those who were lost."

"Let's light up Helmetta each evening starting at 8 p.m. tomorrow, March 25, for the next 19 days in honor of COVID-19," Slavicek continued. "The light will signify strength, a sense of community togetherness and that sincere hope for a beam of light at the end of a tunnel to end this pandemic."

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Slavicek is encouraging residents to post their candlelight photos to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #LightUpForLives to brighten up the days in the coming weeks.

"Let the light shine on for the loves lost and be a glimmer or hope for those fighting the pandemic," Slavicek added.