MONTVILLE, NJ – Township residents are trying to help out in this time of crisis in any way they can, and one who is helping is Montville Township High School junior Griffin Smolar. He usually rides with the First Aid Squad as a cadet – a junior non-EMT member – but that program was cancelled for now, and he was trying to think of how else he could help.
“Some people are sewing masks – that’s not really me, though,” he told TAPinto Montville. “I checked nearby hospitals’ websites and emailed Morristown Medical Center. They said it would be helpful if I could donate pre-packaged snacks and bottled drinks. I decided to call this idea ‘Snacks for Superheroes’ to show how much we love our heroes in the hospital.”
But the strapped-for-cash student knew he couldn’t do it alone, so he appealed to Montville’s community gathering place, Montville Moms. His mom, Tammy, posted his explanation of his fund drive towards the snacks onto the Facebook page March 25, and Griffin said he was astounded with the results.
“Within 24 hours, we had $1,000,” Smolar marveled. “I was blown away.”
Smolar went on a shopping trip to BJs warehouse club, which also donated a $25 gift card toward the drive, and he bought cases of soda, Gatorade, chips and cookies. He brought the items home and sanitized each case carefully, and on Saturday, March 28, he dropped them off at Morristown Medical Center.
Smolar plans to make more deliveries to area hospitals. Donations can be made via @griffinsmo using the venmo app or go to Snacks for Superheroes.
Visit the Atlantic Health System’s page here to find out how you can send an encouraging email to the medical staff, learn how to make masks, donate food or protective equipment, or join their medical team.
Sign up to receive FREE TAPinto news in your email inbox: www.tapinto.net/enews