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'Jersey Strong' Shirt Sales to Aid Sandy Relief

Long Valley's David D. Hammar Foundation raised $3,000 from sale of various items

The devastating impacts of Super Storm Sandy have been seen far and wide, and for former New Jersey residents, there is a sense of helplessness when trying to aid past friends and neighbors.

Members of Long Valley’s David D. Hammar Foundation, which stands to bring the importance of bicycle safety to riders, have stepped up to help those in need. The foundation is working with Ortley Beach’s town association to raise funds for Sandy relief and has already collected $3,000 by selling a "Jersey Strong" tee shirt.

The shirt can be bought online for $15. But what happened after the shirt went on sale is another testament to the community effort behind helping New Jersey’s needy.

“A community member from Ortley Beach reached out to us about the shirt,” said Michael Savino, chairman of David D. Hammar Foundation’s board of directors. “We were then put in contact with a local artist who designed another shirt, and we’re selling that to help with proceeds as well.”

The foundation, which launched in 2007 after its namesake was tragically killed by injuries sustained when he was hit by a car while riding his bike, has branched out from its mission and expanded on the service of helping others.

Once the water receded and the storm’s devastation became apparent, the foundation stepped into action and designed a tee shirt that could be sold, with proceeds benefitting those in need.

Savino said this was a great time for the foundation to get involved, as bicycling season is not currently in session and the group is expanding on helping in other charitable ways.

Available for purchase, with proceeds going to Sandy-related efforts in Ortley Beach, include wristbands, long and short-sleeve tee shirts, and car magnets.

“The amount of devastation was just terrible,” Savino said, who now lives in Maryland after moving from Long Valley earlier this year. “We just want to be able to help in some way.”

For more information on the products and how to purchase, go here.

grace December 08, 2012 at 11:30 PM
bought a sweatshirt off fischer blvd and it fell apart
Michael Dominick Savino December 09, 2012 at 12:46 AM
The shirt you bought somewhere else has nothing to do with our shirts. The david d. hammar foundation produces these shirts ourselves and our website www.sharetheroad.biz os the only place you can purchase from.
charlotte December 09, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Lots of t shirts being sold to benefit "the victims". The only on the ground support I have seen is Blue Wave Printing - put out Mr. Bob portable toilets for the Barrier Island - to a very grateful population of victims. Please also report on HOW EXACTLY these benefits are helping the victims of the Hurricane.
dainty December 09, 2012 at 02:46 AM
We are looking for volunteers for Friday 12/14. We are going into Ortley Beach, NJ and helping people clear out their homes! Please join us! The more the merrier! We do work hard, but we hava few laughs too! xo 9am - 3 pm Sandy - Weekday Warriors
Bill T December 09, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Thats awesome that you are helping out. I was there this past week as part of our group from Michigan doing mudouts and tree removal. We were able to help many people that had no insurance and had no where to turn. Samaritan's Purse is there handling disaster relief. Many thanks to Salvation Army to as well as the local day volunteers. Help knows no boundaries.


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