I was talking to my friend Tom this week and we were talking about all the positive help and giving that has come out during one of the worst times this country and New Jersey have experienced. When you really think about it we’ve almost taken this act of kindness for granted.

Curbside pickup at QuickChek
Jeff Deminski photo

When the restaurants here in New Jersey got hit and had to close with only curbside pickup or outdoor dining was allowed, people flocked to their favorite restaurants and left significant tips. I talked to some restaurant owners who were taken back by the amount of support. Of course, they continue to struggle and sadly some of these great eateries have closed forever. The strength, the positive attitude and the sacrifice that these restaurant owners have made to try to survive is remarkable and a great example of fortitude.

Donating money
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I watched people put Go Fund Me pages up for individuals struggling to pay funeral or medical expenses for their loved ones and invariably the money goals were exceeded due to the generosity of friends and complete strangers.


I first hand experienced an unbelievable level of care while I was in the hospital from nurses, doctors and all the care workers that I encountered. They literally risk their lives taking care of those who are so sick and highly contagious all the while keeping focused, calm and exhibiting a great attitude to those who they provide care.

Drive-by food bank distribution
Photo courtesy of Food Bank of South Jersey

I watched people who were suddenly unemployed standing in line to get donated food and groceries for their family. I saw the doors of Fulfill, the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean counties soliciting and receiving thousands of pounds of food to feed those in need.

Stone Pony Summer Stage
Joe Votruba photo


I saw out of work musicians get together to raise money for Fulfill, and many other charities who all experienced huge budget cuts, all the while those musicians not knowing when their next paid gig would come.

The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties is now Fulfill
The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties is now Fulfill (Photo provided by Fulfill)

Thank you all for helping each other. We are Jersey strong; we’ll get through anything because we have each other’s back. Stay safe and stay healthy, please continue to give what you can. I’m proud to be New Jersey.

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 weekend host Big Joe Henry. Any opinions expressed are Big Joe’s own.

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