Bayview Park Welcomes Nonprofit Hearts of Mercy for Summer Fun

FLOAT-Y Entertaining: Associates of the Extensive Seaside Township Beach Patrol, alongside with Watersports Beach front Manager Jack Bushko, join the young children from Hearts of Mercy in the water off Bayview Park, in Brant Seashore, previous Thursday. (Pics by Ryan Morrill)
About 25 children collected in Bayview Park in Brant Beach front very last Thursday afternoon for exciting in the sun, and in the h2o – with stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and the usually-well-known huge swan float and fellow inflatable creatures.
The young children traveled to the park with Hearts of Mercy, a nonprofit based mostly on the mainland that endeavors to foster interactions with family members in reduced-cash flow spots, and supplies the young children in individuals people with help, steering and a wide variety of pursuits and outings.
Kristin Santorelli, founder and CEO of the 501(c)(3) organization, stated Hearts of Mercy gives “free immediately after-college tutoring, mentoring and reading buddies, and sponsors many little ones in sports and extracurricular things to do in the course of the calendar year. We are continuing to open options for these children and stand as advocates. We attempt to renovate their frame of mind and know who they can come to be!”
In the summertime, when kids are household from faculty, Hearts of Mercy schedules situations and excursions to preserve them occupied: fishing, pool events, right away tenting, BlueClaws game titles and camps. As the nonprofit’s web-site,, explains, “Hearts of Mercy understands that sporting activities and camp generate chances to make friends, construct abilities and have new and enjoyable experiences.”
At Bayview Park, the young ones have been welcomed by Director of Parks and Recreation Joni Bakum, Watersports Beach Supervisor Jack Bushko and users of each the Lengthy Beach front Township Seaside Patrol and the Very long Beach front Township Police Office. “We have a really good crew,” Bakum pointed out.
“The law enforcement have been phenomenal,” she continued, pointing to LBTPD Chief Kevin Mahon’s wholly supportive frame of mind towards local community functions. She made available the similar sentiment concerning Lt. Butch Hartmann, who is in demand of special gatherings and was in attendance on Thursday.
Also that night, Patrolman Matt Vereb introduced a motorbike more than to the park and enable the children sit on it and honk the horn, and Officer Megan Keller handed out present bags for all the kids.
Lifeguard Coordinator Tracey Schmidt, meanwhile, had coordinated volunteers from the beach patrol to guide at the function, and they viewed over the children as they performed in the h2o – with Bushko in the bay, as properly, to enable them with the boards and floats, all of which have been donated for use by Zach Kerzner, operator of Acme Surf and Sport.
“We experienced a excellent event,” Bakum remarked. “Off the charts.”
Food items was furnished for the attendees, who absolutely worked up an urge for food enjoying in the h2o and on the sand right until near to sunset.
Santorelli is constantly hunting for supplemental possibilities – for activities and for fundraisers – for the young children of Hearts of Mercy. On Thursday, Sept. 2, the nonprofit will hold an inaugural golf invitational at Eagle Ridge Golfing Club in Lakewood to gain the organization. To find out far more about this and forthcoming gatherings and courses, pay a visit to
The team is also looking for volunteers to provide as tutors, mentors, studying buddies and van drivers. Everyone fascinated in volunteering can get hold of Santorelli at 908-783-0269 or, or just prevent by the Main Road Alliance Church in Manahawkin.  —J.K.-H.

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