ROXBURY, NJ – A family that was forced out of its Succasunna home in January due to a house fire was presented recently with more than $400, most of it coming from a fundraiser spearheaded by Roxbury Emergency Medical Technician Ashley Wyble.

In fact, it was 19-year-old Wyble who brought the money personally to the Bendari family, now living in Mount Arlington. She came back with a message.

“The family wanted to say that they are so grateful and thankful for the community we live in,” Wyble said. “They’ve been so overwhelmed with donations. They haven’t been able to reach out to everybody, but they want to make it known they are so grateful for the love and support this town has given.”

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Several years ago, while she was still in Roxbury High School, Wyble created a charitable effort – called Project Ring – that sells hand-made bracelets. On March 8, the Ledgewood resident hosted a Project Ring fundraiser on behalf of the Bendari family.

She said she and her helpers sold about $400 worth of bracelets and collected some cash donations for the family.

“It took a few months to collect everything, but I was finally able to meet with them,” she said last week. “I got to meet their son, who is four. He said, `Ashley is my best friend.’ It’s so interesting; the effect we first responders have on the younger generation is so profound.”

Wyble said she, and many of her EMT colleagues, often continue caring about the people they help long after they treat them at an accident scene or take them to an emergency room.

“The whole point of what I do for Project Ring is you don’t have to stop caring after the call,” Wyble said. “That was kind of my point to be proven with my charity.”

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