Bridgewater Couple's Newtown Effort Goes National

Robert and Lucrecia Young heading back to CT as donations come in from around the country.

With messages flowing in from as far away as Ohio, Texas and Michigan, Bridgewater residents to bring donated toys and stuffed animals to those still suffering in the wake of Friday’s school shooting tragedy.

After sharing his story of spending Saturday in Newtown, showing Bridgewater’s support for those suffering, Young said he began hearing from residents across the country who wanted to help as well.

“I’ve noticed there’s a lot of division in the country, and this is showing me that when it comes right down to helping each other, Americans hop in and help,” Robert Young said.

Young said he already has a Jeep filled with stuffed animals—at least 75 so far—and people were planning to drop off toys at his home on Route 202/206 all day Wednesday.

In addition, Young said, one resident, who lives in Bridgewater but grew up in Alabama, is making a sign showing Alabama’s support for Newtown.

On Thursday, Young said, he will be driving to Bloomfield because a local church is collecting toys to donate. From there, with everything he has collected, he and his wife will be driving to Newtown to deliver the collected items.

“We are going to go back to the counseling center with the toys,” he said. “And some people went out to buy crayons and coloring books to give to them.”

Young said he is also planning to stand outside with his sign again telling everyone in Newtown that Bridgewater is supporting the residents there.

As for some of the toys, Young said he is going to try handing them out to whatever children want them.

“I know funerals are continuing tomorrow, and I can go near the church, too,” he said. “My plan was to, as some of the kids are coming, they can take a stuffed animal to hold.”

For those wanting to donate, Young said he will be at his property on Route 202/206 much of the day Wednesday, with plastic on the ground, where people can leave donated items. As of noon, he had already received six black bags of toys and stuffed animals.

“And then we will get it to where it needs to be,” he said.

In addition, Young said, his son set up a Facebook page to encourage people to get involved and donate when and where they can.

But this week is not the end for donations.

Young said people across the country have also said they will be sending him checks to purchase more stuffed animals and toys for the children in Newtown.

“We have things coming in from other states that will take a couple days,” he said. “We will go back after Christmas with the amount of checks people send us.”

Karen Mason, of Maryland, said it is difficult to know what to do in this kind of tragedy, but she was pleased to hear about Young’s trip to Newtown.

“I’m sure there are others like myself who have felt frustrated,” she said. “Unlike as with a natural disaster, the community isn’t in need of clothing or furniture or money.”

Instead, Mason said, she believes Young’s show of support with his sign sending love to Newtown from Bridgewater is what will be truly appreciated by the community.

So with a suggestion from reader Brenda Reagan, who read about Young’s story, and some assistance by reader Crystal Nifong, from New York, Mason is looking to send posters of support to Newtown as well through a project called "Signs of Love."

“I’m sure that many in this country, and in other nations as well, want to do something to show support but don’t know what to do,” Mason said. “I think a simple poster, or even a card, showing that Newtown is in our thoughts and that we care would be appreciate by the town.”

Mason said that Nifong made phone calls Tuesday about where to send cards, and was told they could be sent to Sandy Hook Elementary School at 12 Dickinson Drive, Sandy Hook, Connecticut, 06482.

“And the more posters or cards from around the country, the better,” Mason said. “We want them to know how many people from all over hold them in our thoughts.”

"Like many others, I too would like to help the community of Newtown however I can," Nifong added. "What do they need the most? Love. There are plenty of people out there leaving comments on Facebook and other sites but are those messages being seen? The best way to give them our love and support is by sending it directly to Newtown and that's the premise of this project."

Young said he is just happy to continue doing what he can to help, and is proud of the support he has received from around the country.

“I am glad to see people of all types are right now joining in this situation,” he said.

Pat Appelbaum December 19, 2012 at 07:23 PM
This is the same guy who was standing outside his home with a bloody scythe and an Obama mask calling the President a comunist, and a socialist last week. You can see the sign that says Obama Lies, behind the sign for Newton. He is entitled to his free speech, but he scares children on school buses as they pass his home with his costumes. I wouldn't give him anything, besides, the children in Newton don't need a nut like him offering them toys - what they need is to be left alone. Their parents can well afford to buy them what they need and want.
Brandon Young December 19, 2012 at 07:38 PM
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toy-Drive-for-Newtown/452196924840515?skip_nax_wizard=true#!/pages/Toy-Drive-for-Newtown/452196924840515 Here is the link to the Facebook Page I created in order to make things more organized and people know exactly where to drop donations off etc. Thank you for all the support and donations already!
Mitchel Losada December 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Pat, bringing up that subject and politics into something like this is the last thing needed. Regardless of political views it is obvious and evident that Mr. Young and his family know how to seperate the two, and seperate what is important in life when it comes down to it. You should feel ashamed that you would'nt give him anything for these poor children who have dealt with so much at such a young age. It is important to show them the support of the world we live in, and that they learn it is not simply a cold world with acts of horrific violence. I commend you Mr. Young and your family! This world truly needs more people like you! Thank you!!
Jessica Wang December 19, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Mr. Young's misguided antics with his Obama mask and "bloody" scythe viewed by hundreds of children on their way to school on Friday cannot be set aside. I don't care what his politics are.
Pat Appelbaum December 19, 2012 at 08:24 PM
My political views have nothing to do with Mr. Young's vulgar display. People should think about where they give their money. Is Mr. Young's "organization" registered? The children of Newtown have my support, sympathy and love.
Mitchel Losada December 19, 2012 at 09:23 PM
As you are saying he had an Obama mask... How is that vulgar? Our President is now vulgar?
Bill Samson December 19, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I ride by his house everyday.. What you people are talking about is incorrect and inaccurate. If you received your education about politics you would know that the symbols for communism is a Hammer, and a SICKLE. Pat, your soccer mom version as how you called it "Bloody Scythe, is inaccurate." You are clearly making the line transparent and crossing topics of your displeasure with his political views and his good deeds helping out these children. Keep it up Robert! God bless you and your family!
Thomas Husky December 19, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Indeed it is a Sickle and NOT a "Bloody Scythe". Great story! This world needs more people to do things like this. It is great to hear and a breath of fresh air during this horrible situation. Lets not bring politics in this Pat, or Jessica. Also as it sounds with this "Obama mask" kind of sounds like a quite humorous way to get a point across.
Robert Young December 19, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Just want to take the time and with All our Hearts thank all of you that dropped off items for the children in Newtown and to all you who gave us verbal support. Please, this is a very delicate matter in Newtown and focus on it and lets all stay on track. I promise to make Bridgewater a comfort for thoes we come in contact with in Newtown tomorrow. We will make another trip there next week as out of staters are sending checks that we will make sure get to the Red Cross or what they feel would be best. Some want us to buy small stuff animals as we will fill your wishes. I know that I have since the news broke been filled with emotion as all of you,but i hope you all feel as I do now alittle better for reaching out to our fellow citizens. All our LOve, The Youngs.
Josh December 20, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Mr Young is by no means a saint. His disregard and disrespect for our elected officials is shameless. I am sorry but you people are drinking Koolade if you think this man is compassionate for the children. Pat makes a valid point. This man has been known in some Bridgewater circles as a "sketchy" person. Is his so called charitable organization registered with the state of NJ and the County of Somerset and the Township of Bridgewater. I am also disgusted with the Bridgewater Patch for actually giving this person the time if day and actually posting a picture of him in front of a sign disrespecting our president and political system and in the same picture telling me to hug my child. I do that without being told sir. Mr Young talks about hopping in and doing what needs to be done for this country. How about taking down your hateful Obama signs and cross the aisle to bring this country back to greatness instead of dividing us.
Alex Crocker December 20, 2012 at 02:32 AM
HAHA Josh.. You are dillusional man. What are you in highschool or something? Oh your Bridgewater circles knows him as a "sketchy" person. What a joke. By the way people have freedom of speech, this is the USA.
Ian Nealson December 20, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Josh you have no brains my friend, have you ever stopped to meet this man or talk to him? Just because he does not have the same political views that you do does not mean he is "sketchy". Take a look at that nice Facebook page they have created. Some very nice pictures on there, that many people are not thinking of taking the time to do. Keep it up Mr.Young and Co.!
Ian Nealson December 20, 2012 at 02:36 AM
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toy-Drive-for-Newtown/452196924840515?skip_nax_wizard=true#!/pages/Toy-Drive-for-Newtown/452196924840515 Take a look, pretty nice I would say
Mike December 20, 2012 at 01:21 PM
When Bob was exercising his 1st Amendment rights by posting a sign referring to Obama as Osama, a friend of mine stopped and politely reminded him Osama was dead, and Bob responded, "F**K YOU!", which is also protected under the 1st Amendment (but is rather boorish). But apparently Bob has a soft side, which I support.
Robert Young December 20, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Mike, thanks a million. I remember your friend and I send my apoligies to him. You must understand that i have been cursed, spit at and even called Hitler so my patients was at its limits. Just showing America we still have free speach.. Say Hello someday even if I am not out there. Again, thanks for being able to separate these issues, Rob.
Robert Young December 20, 2012 at 04:09 PM
All, we are headed up there now with a jeep load of animals, crayons, books and will be going back next week as we are awaiting items and checks from other states. We have recieved 128 emails since last night so keep it coming. If you don't drive lets us know. Coloring books, crayons, childrens books etc: Thanks so much for all your efforts. Robert & Lucrecia and Brandon
Robert Young December 21, 2012 at 05:44 PM
New Jersey Thank you, We took all that everyone donated to a holding center in Newtown and all was verythankful for what everyone gave. I would pass onto anyone who has not been there that we did take the time to visit the center of town where it must be the worlds largest Virgil. The scene is Overwhelming to the eyes and heart. Some dropped off bags and gas money and I never got to meet you and thank you so stop by when you can. We will be going back next week and they are at the point of no return with animals and candles there are web sites to go onto as people are setting up grants, etc and the town may build a new school. We were asked if we come back to bring school supplies. Again, my wife, son and i thank you all very much.
Robert Young December 23, 2012 at 08:11 PM
JOSH, Please I am to old to be involved withing circles of people. Thanks so much for the donation as I am sure the people in Conn were thankful to. Also, Josh this country has been divided for the past 4 years. Give it a break and wake up kid to see that Mr. Obama is more than just a cool guy acting like a rock star . So, Josh someday reach out and do something good out of that hateful heart of yours and you will feel much better.....?
Mike December 23, 2012 at 08:40 PM
It's not like your signs ever said "Santa Claus is a communist!", right? ;^)
Brandon young December 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Mike, someone put those on our lawn covering the Obama signs as a joke.
Mike December 24, 2012 at 02:25 AM
That's trespassing. Probably local lib'ruhl scum.
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Hey Pat Appelbaum here is my phone number if you are a real women call me. 908-240-7536 .
Robert Young January 22, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Hey Ms. Wang time to call me or go back to China
Robert Young June 21, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Hey Pat Appelbaum. Just want to let you know how much your comments are appreciated. We love you to ...


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