Eight-year-old girl raises $226 for aquarium sea life

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Bianca Lichtman stands with staff member Carla Demerest in front of the aquarium’s Local Tank with their Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, Ace. COURTESY OF JENKINSON’S AQUARIUM

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — An eight-year-old girl has made a personal contribution to Jenkinson’s Aquarium for the benefit of some of the creatures on exhibit there.

Bianca Lichtman donated $226 out of a desire to help sea turtles and sea birds.

According to Jenkinson’s, while Bianca’s mother, Valerie Wortman, was getting ready for work, Bianca was watching a YouTube video that made her cry. 

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“In that video, she heard that sea turtles could be extinct by 2050,” a statement from Jenkinson’s read.  “The video also showed a bird’s-eye view of an area of the ocean that was polluted with ‘tons of plastic.’ But there was also an eight-year-old boy who started recycling 1,000s of pieces of plastic and Bianca thought, ‘I will be that girl.'”

Bianca then began her effort by asking family and friends for donations. She showed everyone she could the video and urged them to help her cause. 

Then on Aug. 18, Bianca brought the sign she used to educate the public to the aquarium with the money she raised in the amount of $226, officials said.  

“Jenkinson’s Aquarium is honored to receive this donation and it reminded us today why we do what we do every day,” officials said. “We were once again inspired by the kindness and generosity of a child.”

About Jenkinson’s Aquarium

“Jenkinson’s Aquarium is a privately owned facility located on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. Since June of 1991, the aquarium has dedicated itself to educating the public on all aspects of marine life and conservation. Each exhibit is designed to promote awareness of the animals, their habitats, and conservation. We strive to provide our guests with a unique and memorable experience through creative exhibits as well as innovative education and outreach programs. Jenkinson’s Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information see jenkinsons.com/aquarium.”

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