Christmas toys pile up in memory of young Jacob Stern
Members of the Pirate Off-Road Nation Club, family and friends of the late Jacob Stern collected toys Dec. 10 in his memory.
They stood on Commercial Street and in a store parking lot for two cold hours and filled the 15 cubic feet of space in a Chevolet Tahoe with presents.
Kim Penny, one of the organizers, added that more than $460 was collected and more Christmas gifts were expected to be purchased.
She said the Salvation Army in Kentville and Middleton will hand out the toys. According to Jacob’s mother, Melissa Benjamin, the family wanted to give back.
“It was cold, but it was worth it,” Penny noted. One local businessman saw the event, went shopping and brought back bags and bags of gifts.
Four-year-old Jacob was the club’s mascot. He loved Jeeps and dozens paraded through Kentville after his funeral in late October.
The club surprised the Centreville boy with a convoy of Jeeps in March of 2015 to raise his spirits while fighting rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of aggressive muscular cancer.
More than $4,000 has been raised in Jacob’s name on behalf of the Children’s Wish Foundation. He was awarded a trip to Disney World in 2015.