Towns Rally For Family of Mt. Olive Native
From Budd Lake to Belvidere folks are holding fundraisers for the family of Chris Connors, killed in a car accident last week.
Friends who knew him growing up in Budd Lake call him a "Laker for Life."
And those in his new community in Belvidere call him one of their own.
Now both communities are showing an outpouring of love and support for Chris Connors since his death in a car accident on route 46 last week.
On Friday, Oct. 19 a baked goods sale is being held at Belvidere High School as part of the homecoming festivites.
"Proceeds of the bake sale will be benefitting the Connors family," Melissa Altadonna Kramer, Chris Connors sister-in-law, said.
Those who are interested in donating baked goods are asked to bring them by 6:30 p.m. to the field located at 809 Oxford Street Belvidere, NJ, 07823.
The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. but monetary donations will be accepted throughout the sale. Those with questions can send an e-mail to the organizers.
The Belvidere Youth Athletic Association is also taking orders for shirts where the proceeds will go to benefit the family. The order form for the shirts is attached to this article.
Connors was known in life as someone loved by everyone, and his spirit of thoughfulness and putting others first has sparked a grassroots effort to give back.
Michelle Connors spent time coaching and working as the softball coordinator for the group, and Chris Connors was known for chipping in with field maintenance, concessions operations, bench coaching and cheering on the teams as they played.
A calendar for bringing meals to the Connors home has been set up at the Care Calendar site. Those interested in signing up need only to log in with the ID number 128013 and the security code 2524.
The family is also accepting donations through the PNC Bank in Belvidere.
Donations can be made by going to the bank or by mailing a card to the bank for the "Connors Family Fund" at PNC Bank, 101 Mansfield St., Belvidere, NJ, 07823.
Whether the support is monetary or spiritual, Kramer said her family was appreciative of it all.
"I know Michelle is very thankful for all the kind words about Chris," Kramer said. "And we thank everyone for their support."