We would like to thank everyone who helped support “The Shore Thing – 2nd Wave, Bike Drive”.
On Sunday April 28th we brought over 300 bicycles to the Jersey Shore for kids impacted by hurricane Sandy. With the help of Sandy Family Match, we were able to match up bicycles to kids in need in the Monmouth Beach and Union Beach area. They are now able to have fun riding their bikes to school and can get back to normal. Thanks to the generosity of so many people in our community we were able to do this in a short amount of time.
It was hard to keep up with all the phone calls, emails and bikes showing up in our driveway. Not only did people donate their bikes, but many gave gift cards and donations. 75 new helmets were donated by Susan Driscoll of Mountainside Children’s Hospital as part of the B Hard Headed program to prevent brain injury by Safe Kids at Children's Specialized Hospital.
Groups of kids got organized into teams and helped collect even more bikes to help us out on this project. Special thanks go to our friends in Scotch Plains, Park Middle School: Ethan Johnston, Jack Lynch, Liam Hickey and Nick Pelosi. They were able to collect 30 bikes in 14 days through word of mouth, emails and Facebook. Matt Dell, Colin Heath, and Enzo Lucarelli of Fairhaven collected bikes in Rumson and Fairhaven to also donate to the project. Employees at GE Healthcare in Piscataway got involved.
Lorre Korecky was a great help in getting the word out to the media (The Alternative Press) as well as the Westfield High School PTO and our high school newspaper Hi's eye. We got support and guidance from our Westfield High School Principal, Peter Renwick and Community Service Club advisor, Warren Hynes. And finally, a very special thanks to Youth Services America and Disney Friends for Change. The $1,000 grant enabled us to continue to help the kids at the shore. We were able to rent a 26 foot Penske truck to transport all the bikes and also buy gift cards so more kids could get a helmet. It was an incredible experience and we are thankful to everyone who made it happen.
Andy Fromm, Danny LaCorte and Alex Fromm