ROXBURY, NJ – About 10 area residents took a break from COVID-19 cabin fever on Sunday by hopping in their cars and slowly driving together through Mount Arlington and Roxbury in what they unofficially called a “Drive for Hope.”

Horns were honked. Loud music was played through open windows. Some cheer was delivered to neighborhoods that seemed to need it, said Jimmy Pelusio, one of the organizers.

“We just wanted to do something positive for the community,” he said.

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The friends met at Mount Arlington Public School at about 2 p.m. and embarked on a leisurely tour that lasted past 5 p.m., Pelusio said. Based on the reactions from people along the way, the Drive for Hope was worthwhile, he said.

“The support we got was incredible,” Pelusio said. “There were some people outside already. Some were out walking. People came out when they heard us come through”

Pelusio, who rumbled along in his 1992 Camaro, said some people approached – staying at least six feet away – to express thanks. “People were saying, ‘You made my day,’” he said. “There was so much positive. I’m telling you; it was a really great feeling.”

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