NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Logan Goldstein, a 12-year-old North Caldwell resident, has used her spare time in quarantine to get a head start on her bat mitzvah project by raising funds to collect and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to her local first responders to help keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As my bat mitzvah date is approaching in the fall, I have decided for my mitzvah project, I am going to help first responders who are protecting us from the coronavirus,” said Goldstein. “With it now being recommended that everyone wear masks, I have partnered with @campstuff4less to sell washable and reusable masks, with all profits being donated to first responders and local hospitals to purchase what they need to keep healthy.”

In addition to selling more than 600 masks through her hard work and dedication, Goldstein also recently arranged a socially distanced visit to the North Caldwell Police Department and The West Essex First Aid squad to present each of them with a check for $750 to be used toward the purchase of necessary equipment.

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“You don’t need to wear scrubs or a uniform to be a hero during this virus outbreak,” said North Caldwell Police Chief Marc Deuer. “Today, the real hero is Logan Goldstein, who cared enough to care for others during the most challenging time we can remember. Her hard work not only protects the first responders but it protects all the residents of this amazing town we call home.

“From the very bottom of our hearts, the North Caldwell police, the West Essex First Aid Squad and the residents of North Caldwell thank you and your family for all you have done. Mazel Tov Logan.”