BRICK TOWNSHIP — Megan Miller, with help from her family, raised over $1,000 on Aug. 19 for the Maui Strong fund, which provides financial resources that can be deployed quickly to the victims of the devastating wildfires on Maui.
“I taught on Maui for a year and know how generous and kind the people on Maui are. Whenever the wind blew fruit off the trees or they had extra sugar, they would share it with us. We spent so much time in Lahaina, Kula, Olinda, the places where the fires were and they are beautiful towns,” said Ms. Miller.
Ms. Miller set up a tent at the base of the Beaver Dam Bridge, where she supervised her family, who sold local vegetables and lemonade while collecting donations to aid the people of Maui.
With help from Rowan Lynch, Stephen Miller, Jack Miller, Michael Miller and Gavin Lynch, Ms. Miller collected $733 along with $1,000 in online donations.
Ms. Miller and her family collected vegetables through donations as well as private gardens from local friends and family. The tent was donated to the family by St. Peter’s School in Point Pleasant Beach.
“My mother- and step-father-in-law had extra vegetables from her garden and since the ‘aina [land] is so important to the people of Hawai’i, we thought this would be a perfect way for our community to help,” said Ms. Miller.
All the kids made signs to help spread the word of the drive and many residents and neighbors stopped by. “Some people from social media that we never even met dropped off veggies from their gardens,” said Ms. Miller.
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