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A Surprise for J.T. Lewis and His Foundation

Local business gives gift to Lewis at his brother's playground ceremony

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Stamford, CT | Added on May 06, 2014 At 02:58 PM

A playground in memory of  Jesse Lewis is now open at Stamford's West Beach.  

At its official opening Sunday, there was an outpouring of support.  Many community members and local businesses also giving back to the playground build.

The playground's chairwoman Gina Aiello presented Jesse's brother J.T. Lewis with a surprise during the ceremony.  

"We know that Jesse is so very proud of you.  We want to present you with this GoPro camera that you can use to document and promote your project," said Gina Aiello, chairwoman of the Stamford playground build.  

J.T. started a foundation called "Newtown Helps Rwanda."  And is helping young genocide survivors from Rwanda get to college.  The camera was presented as a gift from Camera Wholesalers, a local business in Stamford, to help J.T. document his mission.  

One employee says seeing J.T. receive the gift was pure joy.

"For him to be able to pay it forward that way, I just think is wonderful, and we were very very glad to be able to have a small part in it," said Fred Bonilla, an internet and sales associate at Camera Wholesalers.

To learn more about the foundation, visit

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