‘Shop Hamilton’ and ‘Shine and Inspire’ Surprise Bromley CYO Summer
Campers with Bikes & Helmets
Children at the CYO Summer Camp
at the Hamilton Township Bromley Neighborhood Center got a big surprise today.
New bicycles, equipped with
bells, and helmets were given to the 50-plus summer campers thanks to the
generosity of Shop Hamilton – a group that represents Hamilton’s local
businesses – and Shine and Inspire, Inc., along with Doctors Express Urgent
The idea started from Shop
Hamilton member, Carol Feldman, who is the founder of a Mercer County
non-profit organization, Shine and Inspire, Inc. The organization seeks to enhance the quality
of life of local residents with the help of charitable gifts.
“Shine and Inspire is based on
the premise of ‘paying it forward’,” explains Feldman. “And that is exactly
what this effort was all about.”
Through her involvement in Shop
Hamilton, Feldman became familiar with the Hamilton Township Bromley
Neighborhood Center, a local government facility that is operated by another
non-profit, the CYO of Mercer County.
One of the programs that the CYO
of Mercer County conducts at the Bromley Center is a summer camp that serves
many local youth. Feldman thought it
would great idea if bicycles could be provided to the summer campers, especially
since many may have never had one of their own.
So Feldman brought the idea to
Shop Hamilton; and thanks to the generosity of its members along with various
individuals contacted about this effort, the necessary funds were raised to
purchase 55 bicycles for the summer campers, equipped with bells.
And true to its ‘Shop Local’
mantra, the bicycles were purchased from a Hamilton-based business, Economy
Bicycle & Skateboard Shop.
Additionally, another Shop Hamilton member – Doctors Express Urgent Care
Center – helped to provide the bicycle helmets.
“Time and time again, the members
of Shop Hamilton have given back to our community in so many ways. This charitable project, thanks to the idea
of Carol Feldman and support from our members, shows exactly what Shop Hamilton
is all about,” says Joyce Cantalice, Chairperson of Shop Hamilton.
Mayor Kelly Yaede, whose
leadership led to the CYO of Mercer County operating the Township’s Bromley
Neighborhood Center (a local government facility), has long worked to enlist
help from the community’s local businesses, including Shop Hamilton, to address
various needs across the town – which is New Jersey’s 9th largest
municipality by population.
“This effort illustrates the very
best of our community,” says Mayor Kelly Yaede.
“The generosity of our local businesses and the compassion of our local
non-profit organizations never ceases to amaze me. Thanks to their combined efforts, today was a
very special day for our Bromley summer campers.”
And the CYO of Mercer County is
gracious for the support from Hamilton Township, Shop Hamilton, Shine and
Inspire and Doctors Express.
“We are grateful to the continued
support we receive from Mayor Yaede and the Township Council; and we cannot
thank Shop Hamilton, Shine and Inspire and Doctors Express enough for their
generosity,” says Thomas Mladenetz, Executive Director of the CYO of Mercer
Residents can learn more about
the following organizations by visiting them at:
Hamilton Township Bromley Neighborhood Center: cyobromley.org
Shop Hamilton: shophamiltonnj.com
Shine and Inspire: shineandinspire.org
Doctors Express Urgent Care: doctorsexpress-hamilton.com