Pandemic partners: New Jersey kids garden for good

Their new landscaping business will help out their community during the pandemic. Four young teens in Morristown, New…
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Their new landscaping business will help out their community during the pandemic.

Four young teens in Morristown, New Jersey, have started a new initiative to make some money and make a difference.

The group includes founder Matthew Sullivan and his friends and colleagues Christian VanderGroef, Eric Ottaiano, and CJ Piccola. Their landscaping business is the cleverly titled Leaf-It To-Us.

Because of the way the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their community, the boys decided to donate a portion of their earnings to Help Morris Now, a food drive in the area.

The food drive’s organizer was moved at their help:

Seeing kids go out in the morning, working hard to raise funds and giving it back to the community, to me that was the most touching thing we could’ve had.

Nestor Bedoya

The mask-wearing teens started with using their electric dirt-bikes to travel between jobs. Upon arrival, they would start their mulching, weeding, leaf blowing, planting, and other landscaping tasks.

But soon they started to receive business requests from across Morris County. Now, their parents are helping out, too, by giving them rides.

As a parent, we couldn’t be more proud of our kids and what they’re doing.

Kathleen Sullivan, founder Matthew Sullivan’s mother

When they ran their business last year, they sent 10% of what their work earned them to St. Jude Children Hospital. This year, they’ll support the food bank. They’ll likely pick another worthy cause next year, because they want to continue their business:

The group hopes to continue running their landscaping business as long as their mission stays the same: helping others in need.

ABC7 News

They’re fans of their work. Christian VanderGroef says, “I love that I can give back to the community doing a small part.”

Article source: ABC7 News

Featured image source: Leaf-It To-Us

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