NJHS Fundraises to Help Families Who Suffer Profound Loss
When Oyster Bay High School eighth-grader Matthew Carlinsky offered to lead a fundraiser for his school’s chapter of National Junior Honor Society, his choice was personal. Having lost his mother to cancer at age 4, Matthew decided he wanted to help others who suffered a similar loss by raising funds and awareness for the Family Lives On Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps support the emotional well-being of children who have lost a parent. Through the foundation’s “Tradition Program,” children get to relive an activity or tradition that was special to their parent. For Matthew, the tradition of baking for holidays and birthdays was important to his mother. So each year, the foundation provides Matthew with baking supplies so he and his dad can bake cookies or cupcakes and decorate them with different themes to celebrate her birthday and honor her memory.
“Around the date of when your parent passed away, the Tradition Program provides you with supplies for a particular activity or maybe tickets to a sporting event if that is something that is special to you, that type of thing,” Matthew said. “When my mom passed, I was really young, but through the years the Traditions Program definitely helped me cope with the loss. I’m running this fundraiser because I want everyone to know that this organization exists and how valuable it is.”
Throughout the month of March, Matthew, with the help a committee comprised of fellow National Junior Honor Society members, will be hanging posters, making morning announcements, and sharing the Family Lives On website to help spread awareness about the foundation and the ways it has helped children and teens who have suffered a profound loss.
Raffle tickets are also being sold during school and during the Oyster Bay High School musical, Imagine Oz, on March 23-25, for a chance to win one of several beautifully arranged gift baskets. Raffle tickets may also be purchased by emailing National Junior Honor Society Advisor Antonia Woodman at AWoodman@obenschools.org. Tickets are $2.00 per ticket or $5.00 for three tickets. Winners will be announced March 26. Matthew hopes the money raised will be able to help expand the Traditions Program to those who would benefit from it.
To make a donation online in support of the Oyster Bay National Junior Honor Society campaign, please use the following link: http://www.familyliveson.org/oysterbayhs/. For more on the organization, please visit www.familyliveson.org.