This has long been a community that gives.
Just take a quick peek at our “Calendar” and “Continuing Events” sections each week and you will find an unbelievable number of organizations that were created solely to help others, through the help of willing volunteers. We have seen strangers donate heavily to families who have lost their homes in fires, and an entire county come together for the family of Chad Spicer, the Georgetown police office who lost his life in the line of duty this past fall.
There are endless fundraising bingo games, 50/50 raffles, all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinners and more — each created with the sole purpose of providing aid and comfort to people who might find themselves in a time of need or assistance. This is a community of people who are grateful to live where they do, have what they have and know who they know, and they just want to give something back.
One major project that has been years in the making is Justin’s Beach House. It is a collaborative effort between the Justin W. Jennings Foundation and Contractors for a Cause where the organizations have been pulling together their resources and time to build a home at the beach for families affected by cancer. It is named in honor of Justin Jennings, who lost his life to the disease at a young age. Organizers have been raising funds through events, local businesses and individuals have thrown their hats into the ring to help out and governmental bodies have done their part to make this a reality.
And now it’s very close to becoming a reality.
Construction on the west Bethany Beach home is moving along rapidly. Sussex County and Bethany Beach have waived permit fees that have saved the project nearly $20,000, according to organizers, and they are now putting insulation into the home.
We really want to take this time, and space, to thank all the people who have put in work to make this dream come closer to reality. This will be a home that will provide great and lasting memories for families who could really use them, and will serve as a symbol of all that can happen when an entire community comes together for a common goal.
To learn more about Justin’s Beach House, and the work behind the project, visit www.justinjennings.org. You can also visit www.target.com, and click on Gift Registry to see if there is anything you can help out with for this selfless endeavor.