Friday, November 9, 2012

East Dover First Aid Dept. Card Show, Toms River, NJ, 11/11/12

 Time: 9 AM-3 PM
Location: East Dover First Aid Building
Street: 530 Garfield Ave
City/Town: Toms River NJ 08753
Phone: 732-506-9311
More details on the show here.

This is Dr. Wax's first card show since Hurricane Sandy. To put this in perspective, his store The Backstop is 3 traffic lights from the Seaside Heights bridge, and a lot of his regular customers and regular show dealers are people who were hit hard by the storm. His store made it through OK, but the first floor of his home was flooded, and some of his neighbors' houses are gone. Part of the proceeds from the auction, as I understand it, will be going to the Sandy NJ Relief Fund (though if I have my wires crossed on that, I will let you all know). They are also accepting donations for hurricane victims at the East Dover First Aid Department (according to Dr. Wax via email today, they need "Everything".

I'll be at least making a stop here on Sunday to check on my friends who I've sold and traded cards with a bunch over the last year or two, get an idea of what help is needed in their area, and probably to hand out some cards to kids who could really use something to smile about and distract them right about now. Feel free to join me.

There's also another card show there just under a month later, on December 9th, 2012, and Reds rookie phenom (and Toms River local) Todd Frazier will be signing there. All profits from the Todd Frazier signing will also go to the Sandy NJ Relief fund if I'm not mistaken (and again, if I am, I'll let you know). Here's Todd (filmed before the storm) to tell you about it...

To cut any naysayers off at the pass: there may be some who think the time, energy and resources put into things like trading card shows, particularly in a building like a first aid building, are frivolous or wasteful, but I wholeheartedly disagree. Given some of what I've seen in the past week and a half, every positive distraction helps, and every smile brought to someone's face in these neighborhoods is 100% worth it. There's also been a lot of debate about the value of "stuff" lately, some of it in the light of disasters like this, but I truly think that it does help define us to a degree. It helps us remember and tell our stories, and our pursuit of it (occasionally with moderation thrown to the wind, admittedly and sometimes unfortunately) is one of the things that makes us human. Even in the face of tragedy (and perhaps ESPECIALLY in it), it is OK to try to smile and forget your troubles, or help others do the same.

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