SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- The Aspiring Kindness Foundation donated $1,000 to the Blood Center of New Jersey at South Orange's Sixth Annual Health Fair on Saturday, Sept.9.
The foundation was started to raise money for different organizations to honor Aaron Karol, who died in the Boland Hall fire at Seton Hall University in 2000.
“We try to help organizations out that helped us out in our time of need,” said Shaun Fine, of Aspiring Kindness.
Fine said the foundation has donated in the past to a Presbyterian church, St. Barnabas Medical Center and the South Orange Fire Department.
Fine said he's not sure how the Blood Center plans to use the money, but he said he knows it’s going to a great cause.
He also said that if anyone would like to get involved in the foundation, they would be welcomed in. “Any new people would be very much appreciated,” Fine said.
Other services offered at the fair were skin screenings, eye screenings, blood pressure tests and hearing tests, according to John Festa, the health officer who set up the fair starting in 2007.
The Health Fair also offered fingerprinting and identification cards for children in case of an abduction, discussions with the South Orange Rescue Squad, and face painting with Seton Hall’s Division of Volunteer Services.
He said he believes the health fair is very important to all ages.
“You can never get enough health education; if I can catch one melanoma, it was worth it,” Festa said.
To get involved with the Aspiring Kindness Foundation, go to http://www.aspiringkindness.org/ .
The reporter is participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.