In a time where stress and sadness fills the news, it is wonderful when we can share a story of our community showing just how compassionate and caring we can be.
An unimaginable tragedy struck George Smick in December when he witnessed his mother killed on Route One. They had been homeless and living together in their truck prior to the accident. When the story was published, many community members and businesses immediately wanted to help.
Along with the South Brunswick Police and Social Services departments, I was asked to help coordinate assistance for George. A GoFundMe page set up by his friend to manage the astounding amount of people who wanted to contribute financially. Many who wanted to do whatever they could to support George contacted me, but one family in particular offered the biggest gift of all, a place for George to stay.
Within a short time, we were able to get the minor repairs and furnishings needed to make this a home where George can start fresh and all free of charge.
I would like to recognize Sgt. Joseph Jankowski (Ret.), Executive Contractors (Mike George), Bob’s Discount Furniture, M.J Murphy Funeral Home, South Brunswick Township Police and Social Services and the Home Depot of South Brunswick for their generosity. I would especially like to recognize the family (who wishes to remain nameless), who provided the apartment for George.
They are a true example of kindness and humanity. Without them, this would not have been possible.