Photo: The PTO hopes to fill the trunks of their four large oaks with 'Ribbons of Hope'
Atlantic Highlands, NJ – Within the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School community, a current student and her mother are coping with the unimaginable - a rare cancer that is taking their father and husband away. Hospice is helping to attend to home care, but there are mounting medical bills and the finances of daily life which must still be handled.
In order to provide financial relief and some sense of stability during this difficult time, the PTO has created a ‘Ribbons of Hope’ donation drive. They invite donors to join in this effort to give back to a family that has freely given much of their time to the school and community.
“This is a family that is dedicated to AHES and Atlantic Highlands. They are active volunteers and always first to raise their hands when others need help. It is only right that we do the same for them,” said PTO Board President Lisa Sanders.
“These family members have been ‘behind the scenes’ volunteers for many years, from coordinating events to cleaning up after them, and they have been a part of every major project the PTO has undertaken for the past six years. They have never wanted recognition, but their dedication to AHES has been unwavering,” she added.
Volunteer Corinna Thuss said, “The AHES PTO would like to be a small ray of hope for this family, and is hoping other families will help. We will be selling ribbons, of all colors, to be tied around the trees in front of school. These ribbons will show support for this child’s family; they may also be purchased in remembrance of friends or family who have also battled cancer. Our goal is to fill these trees with color to show our support, and to let people know that every donation has a real impact.”
Each ribbon costs $10, and donations in any amount are also welcome. Gift cards to Foodtown are appreciated as well. The Ribbons of Hope drive is slated to run throughout June, but Sanders stresses that the need is immediate and will be ongoing. Donations are being accepted online at www.ahes.k12.nj.us/ahes/PTO or by mail. Checks should be made payable to AHES PTO, and mailed to the school at 140 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ, 07716, Attn: PTO. All funds will be deposited into a separate account for this family. Unless otherwise specified, all donors, and donation amounts, will be kept anonymous.
“We want to assure donors that 100% of their donation will go directly toward assisting this family in many important ways, such as paying for their mortgage, utilities and medical expenses,” said Thuss.
Sanders added, “We urge people to please give what you can and give from the heart. We are a small community with a huge heart, and we are counting on this outreach because collectively we can make a huge difference for a deserving family.
“Please keep this child and family in your thoughts and we thank all donors for their kindness and generosity.”
For more information, please contact PTO Board President Lisa Sanders at 732-610-8032 or volunteer Corinna Thuss at 908-692-4457.
UPDATE: (June 25, 2014) Sadly, Shawn Jackson passed away earlier this week. It seems that Shawn was not eligible for life insurance years ago due to another health problem and friends of the family are trying to raise as much as possible for his surviving wife and daughter. You can make a contribution through https://www.gofundme.com/9pmmqc