If you were home in the Myrtle/Grove/N Central Ave sections of Ramsey Sunday, you know exactly what I am talking about.
There is a group called NJYC or NJ Youth Corps, Paterson, NJ that has a permit to solicit candy sales door to door in Ramsey.
It was really cold Sunday afternoon with the wind and snow blowing and they had these poor kids going to every house in the area lugging candy. The one boy I saw on Elbert had his sneakers caked with snow and another boy on N Central had the same problem.
At 5:30 p.m. they were still out there, walking up snowy lawns and knocking on doors. Sunday was so cold that someone should have called the solicitation off early and called it a day. But if you live in the area, you also know whoever drops them off does not care one bit. It's all about the money.
How many times have we seen these kids sitting on their candy bins on Myrtle and N. Central waiting in the dark for their rides? How many times have you seen them working in brutal heat of summer? They are dropped off and must fend for themselves until they ger picked up.Do the get a bathroom break? Did someone drop off some hot chocolate for them?
Would you let your child walk unescorted in an unfamiliar neighborhood with a pocket full of cash and solicit door to door? If you knock on every door you will eventually find trouble.
Why are these kids different from our kids?
Whoever in Ramsey gave this group a permit, should make sure these kids are safe.