WESTFIELD, NJ — You might not be shaking hands due to COVID-19, but a drawing of the act is popping up on T-shirts being sold by a local youth in support of the Westfield Food Pantry.

A fifth-grader at McKinley Elementary School, Aidan Murphy is helping out the local food pantry through the sale of T-shirts emblazoned with his own design. The effort started when Aidan, 11, recently drew a picture of a handshake, his mother, Kerry McVeigh, said.

“We both loved it, for the current state of events, and the likely loss of the universal handshake — at least for now,” McVeigh told TAPinto Westfield. So the family had the design printed on T-shirts and is donating the proceeds from the sale of those shirts to the Westfield Food Pantry.

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On Monday, Aidan donated $300 from the first batch of sales to the Westfield Food Pantry with Westfield Police Chaplain Keith Gibbons accepting the donation, the department announced via social media.

Last month, Mayor Shelley Brindle had met Aidan and sent word out to her Facebook followers of his effort.

“He gave me one of these very cool T-shirts he created to raise money for the Westfield Food Pantry and Rotary Club,” Brindle said in a Facebook post.

Aidan is still selling the shirts for $20 a piece. To purchase one, email McVeigh at kerryjmcveigh@hotmail.com.



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