Our original intent was to help Joshua carry out and fulfill his dreams of becoming a doctor and helping others. We hope and know in our hearts that he is proud as he helps us with these endeavors. We thank you for helping to keep his dreams alive and our son right by our side. It
is with the help of everyone that the Joshua Harr Shane Foundation has been able to make a true difference.
If someone had asked
me 18 years ago where I would see my-self today, Inever would have guessed that in all the tragedy that has surrounded
our family's lives, they we would be fortunate enough to be involved in this Foundation.
- Judith Harr Shane
The Joshua Harr Shane Foundation was founded in 2000 and has provided the opportunity for the legacy of Joshua Harr Shane to live on in the lives of those he loved, those whom loved him, and now those who have had a chance to be touched by the Joshua Harr Shane Foundation. The foundation was set up to honor Joshua. He embodied those traits that illustrate the very best of our young citizens, the future of our nation.
The foundation has helped New Jersey families spanning the state including residents of Essex, Mercer, Union, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Ocean, Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth counties.
Additionally, the foundation has provided life-saving emergency care for infants at Boston Children's Hospital, helping to pay for their extended stays while their children were undergoing medical treatment. And it doesn't stop there, the foundation also supports families at Philadelphia Children's Hospital and the Shriner's Hospital.
Since September 11, 2001, the foundation has provided ongoing charitable support to our military service men and women and their families. The Joshua Harr Shane Foundations supports special needs children, donates toys to sick children in various hospitals and helps pay for medical care and monetary assistance to families in need of assistance due to an ill family member. Additionally, the foundation donates phone cards to the United States troops via Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst so that they can phone home for the holidays.
"In 2016, we began to support our military even more locally by giving out gift certificates for lunch at the Columbus Flea Market as a 'thank you' to our soldiers and veterans for their incredible service and self-sacrificing spirit to make a difference," Mrs. Shane said.
Over the years JHSF has shipped assorted sports equipment, snacks, toiletries, DVDs, CDs, phone cards, puzzles, American flags, and anything else they could think of that would help brighten someone's day. Some of these items are donated, some are purchased by JHSF.