Never for­got­ten

Christ­mas toys pile up in mem­ory of young Ja­cob Stern

Annapolis Valley Register - - COVER STORY - NEW MINAS

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.