A Reason for Hope

NY Jets linebacker David Harris teams up with Reebok to provide over 400 pairs of sneakers to Camp Hope.
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WEST MILFORD, N.J., June 10, 2011 – David Harris, the Starting Middle Linebacker for the New York Jets football team, has partnered with Reebok to provide new sneakers to underprivileged and special needs children who will attend Camp Hope in West Milford, New Jersey this coming summer season. The effort has yielded a shipment of 450 pairs of new Reebok sneakers that are valued at an estimated $40,000. The shoes will be distributed through the non-profit organization Give the Kids Hope Foundation, at the new David Harris Sneaker Shack on the Camp Hope premises.

David Harris, who has been a volunteer and an active supporter of Give the Kids Hope Foundation since its inception in 2010, is drawn to this non-profit organization and its mission to help underprivileged children because he grew up in a working class neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where his family could not afford much luxury; he relates to the struggles that all low-income families face and applauds the work being done at Camp Hope of New Jersey, which is situated on 62 acres and serves 2700 children from low-income families throughout Passaic County every summer. There is no fee to the children who qualify to attend this camp.

“Camp Hope is a place where kids can get away and experience things in life that they wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to do—the types of things that can influence the path they take and directly impact their lives,” said Harris.

Give The Kids Hope Foundation, which supports educational and recreational programs for underprivileged children in New Jersey, was founded in 2010 by Stephen Tilton Jr. of Schumacher Chevrolet in Little Falls, NJ and Gearhart Chevrolet in Denville, N.J. Tilton has begun to implement funding that will help repair and rebuild areas of Camp Hope; the renovations will improve buildings and allow more children to utilize the facility.

The foundation, along with the Camp Hope Commission and Passaic County Freeholders, honored Harris for his charitable contribution on June 8th at Camp Hope, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the new David Harris Sneaker Shack housed on the camp premises and later that same day, a separate honor was given to Stephen Tilton Jr. for his generosity, commitment and dedication to the camp and the children they serve. The adjacent dining hall was dedicated and named:  Stephen Tilton Jr. Hall.  Freeholder Bruce James gave a short presentation citing that Stephen Tilton has been a true angel to Camp Hope.

*Camp Hope of New Jersey is located at 1792 Union Valley Road in West Milford, New Jersey. For information on how to support Camp Hope through Give the Kids Hope Foundation, call 973-256-1065 or visit: www.GiveTheKidsHope.org.

Ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the new David Harris Sneaker Shack at Camp Hope:
Pictured L-R:  Judith Schumacher-Tilton, Give The Kids Hope Foundation trustee;  Lisa Tilton, Give The Kids Hope Foundation trustee;  Stephen Tilton Jr., Give The Kids Hope Foundation president;  David Harris of the NY JETS,  honoree;  Passaic County Freeholder Bruce James;  Passaic County Freeholder  Ed O’Connell;  Karen Cisco, Camp Hope Director.


Dedication at Stephen Tilton Jr. Hall
Pictured:  Stephen Tilton Jr., Give The Kids Hope Foundation president was presented with a commemorative plaque by Passaic County Freeholder Bruce James during the special dedication of a building at Camp Hope that was named in his honor, the Stephen Tilton Jr. Hall.

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