WESTFIELD, NJ — Resident Joe Mindak’s phone lit up with messages Friday when Gov. Phil Murphy mentioned his family’s fundraiser for the Westfield United Fund’s “We Love Local” campaign.
Mindak along with his wife, Audrey, and two children, 12 and 14, have been painting shipping pallets, selling them for $50 each and donating the proceeds to the campaign in support of local independent businesses impacted by COVID-19.
“All of a sudden my phone is blowing up: texts, calls, emails, which is good because people are like ‘I want a flag,’” Mindak said after Murphy’s public mention Friday afternoon.
Many of the pallets are painted in the design of American flags. Mindak told TAPinto Westfield the idea came to him after his family painted a flag onto a pallet last summer and set it out on his lawn for decoration.
Murphy said that Mindak had raised over $7,000 for the United Fund’s campaign and noted that more orders are coming in.
“To you, Joe, and your family, New Jersey thanks you for not only supporting Westfield’s business community but for reminding us why we are all proud to be Americans,” Murphy added.
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Mindak said he is hoping to raise $10,000 for the We Love Local Campaign, and that he appreciates the support local businesses and residents have been providing to him and his family for the project.
Just Farmed, Bartell Farm and Garden Supply in Clark, Williams Nursery, Patricia and Paul, Fettle + Fare and the Westfield Sherwin-Williams Paint Store are among businesses that have donated pallets and paint for the cause, he said.
“A lot of residents are like, ‘I have a couple pallets. I have paint,’” Mindak said. “Everyone’s been chipping in.”
Interested in a Mindak family pallet painting? Reach out to Mindak on Facebook and Venmo the donation to his username, Joe-Mindak. He can be reached by phone at 201-410-8282.
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