UNION COUNTY — Following Hurricane Sandy, Jacob Jones, better know by his friends and family as Jake, listened to numerous news stories pertaining to the struggles of families and businesses in the aftermath of the super storm. Households without power for days, food spoiled due to lack of refrigeration, families displaced from their homes, trees down and houses damaged or completely destroyed.
In quiet contemplation Jones decided he wanted to help. How? By donating ALL his money from his piggy bank. During the Thanksgiving holiday Jones shared his idea with the family. His grandmother shared how due to the lack of power, The Arc of Union County had to move residents and staff from 20 group homes into a hotel for 1 ½ weeks. Thankfully the participants were safe but the bill for food and lodging during that time was over $85,000.
The week after Thanksgiving Jones met with The Arc of Union County’s Executive Director Frank Caragher and handed him a bag of money containing $24.60. For his selflessness and generosity, Caragher shook the young man’s hand and presented Jones with an official Arc lapel pin.
For more information on The Arc of Union County, visit: www.arcunion.org
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