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Spring Valley, NY - Monsey Mom Spearheads Car Magnet Campaign Supporting Local Police Officers

Published on: October 6, 2016 09:37 PM
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Spring Valley, NY - Monsey area residents may be starting a new trend, as a campaign to use car magnets to express appreciation to police officers may soon spread well beyond Rockland County.

The Appreciation Matters campaign is the brainchild of Shoshana Bernstein, a Spring Valley mother of five. Hoping to give the Jewish community a chance to show their gratitude to members of local law enforcement, Mrs. Bernstein decided to print car magnets bearing the slogan “I support and thank my police department.”

An initial order of 2,000 magnets was distributed to the Ramapo Police Department and four large kosher supermarkets: Evergreen, Wesley Kosher, Rockland Kosher and Monsey Glatt.  Within one week, which included two days of Rosh Hashana, almost all 2,000 magnets have been snapped up and another 1,000 are on order.

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“So many people were thrilled with the vehicle to show appreciation,” Mrs. Bernstein told VIN News.

Feedback from the Ramapo Police Department was equally enthusiastic, with Chief Brad Weidel describing the magnets as a visual boost for police officers.

“I have no doubt that when officers see these car magnets, whether it’s a Ramapo officer or a state trooper, it will give them a momentary pat on the back and reinforce the message that our community cares,” said Chief Weidel.

Mrs. Bernstein said that she has received numerous inquiries from others who want to launch the program in different communities and, because the concept is so universal, she is exploring the possibility of taking Appreciation Matters nationwide.

While the campaign may have started as an effort within the Jewish community, Mrs. Bernstein said that the idea is a universal one that goes well beyond religious boundaries.

“This is all about showing appreciation to police who put their lives on the line every day,” said Mrs. Bernstein.

Still, having a campaign of this nature originate within Ramapo’s Jewish community has been exceptionally sweet for Mrs. Bernstein.

“I’m so proud of my community and how enthusiastic everyone has been,” said Mrs. Bernstein.  “People are so happy to do this.”



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 Oct 06, 2016 at 10:23 PM Blue Lives Matter Says:

Now we are talking.

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 Oct 07, 2016 at 12:01 AM torontonian Says:

It is a great initiative spearheaded by the frum community, that is bound to prove that we are cognisant of what the police do to serve and protect. Kudos to the initiator.

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 Oct 07, 2016 at 04:29 AM WiseDude Says:

Let's see if the Preserve Ramapo crowd runs this story on their numerous web sites/ Facebook pages.....something nice about the Jewish community in Monsey

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 Oct 07, 2016 at 08:07 AM ohaivshalom Says:

Lets plaster them on tje rev al's car

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 Oct 07, 2016 at 09:51 AM anon6 Says:

Wow! Where can i get one?

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 Oct 07, 2016 at 01:04 PM Anonymous Says:

The police need to educate many frum on not letting toddlers play in the street without an adult.

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 Oct 07, 2016 at 04:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
WiseDude Says:

Let's see if the Preserve Ramapo crowd runs this story on their numerous web sites/ Facebook pages.....something nice about the Jewish community in Monsey

You must not be aware of how many frum donate to preserve Ramapo. Do you really think we moved here to have our neighborhoods have thousands of people living in such a small area? Do we really
NEED more illegal yeshivas and speeding busses at all hours of the night? We moved from Brooklyn to have quiet!

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 Oct 08, 2016 at 11:33 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You must not be aware of how many frum donate to preserve Ramapo. Do you really think we moved here to have our neighborhoods have thousands of people living in such a small area? Do we really
NEED more illegal yeshivas and speeding busses at all hours of the night? We moved from Brooklyn to have quiet!

And others wish to do the same.
There is no stopping any community from growing.
It is just the nature of things...especially Jewish communities need to expand because of the ever growing population b'h..
Where would you like them to go? Missouri Colorado perhaps?.
You cannot expect Monsey to stay the same as it was 40 yrs,ago...and if you dont like it...move on further...you have choices...

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