By Wendy Mitchell
The Sandy Ground Where Angels Play dedicated a playground Sunday to honor the life of Noah Pozner, a 6-year-old boy who died in the tragic shootings in Sandy Hook, CT on 12/14/12. The Sandy Ground Project was established by members of the New Jersey Fireman’s Benevolent Association to build 26 playgrounds along the coast of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut in towns that were hit by Hurricane Sandy.
The playgrounds honor the 20 children and 6 teachers who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook, CT tragedy. Each playground the volunteer group builds incorporates details of the victim to honor their memory. The playgrounds are being built by volunteer firefighters, policemen and women, teachers and volunteers in each of these communities. The project is funded by donations.
Noah’s playground opened on Sunday, July 27 with a ribbon cutting. It has a blue, white and yellow nautical theme and is located on the beach at 4 Cook Street East, East Rockaway, NY. Volunteers dressed as Star Wars characters helped welcome family and friends to the dedication.
The 11518 Foundation, who helped with fundraising for this playground, said in a Facebook post: “We cannot thank this organization enough. The men and women, their kids and their camaraderie is not only admirable but extremely encompassing. Their mission is clear and dedication is infectious. We will cherish Noah as one of our own and we will support this Army for lifetimes. Thank you The Sandy Ground: Where Angels Play and your growing kin. We love you and will be with you for the 26th Angel.”
To learn more about the Sandy Ground Where Angels Play, or to donate, click here.