Young philanthropist/artist one of many vendors at township craft fair Saturday

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Pictured from left are brothers Altimimo “Miro” Matheson and Malcolm “Matt” Matheson with their mother Dr. Jeanette Matheson of Egg Harbor Township.  Matt is one of the vendors who will be at the Egg Harbor Township Craft Fair Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Community Center. Pictured from left are brothers Altimimo “Miro” Matheson and Malcolm “Matt” Matheson with their mother Dr. Jeanette Matheson of Egg Harbor Township. Matt is one of the vendors who will be at the Egg Harbor Township Craft Fair Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Community Center.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – For years, Malcolm “Matt” Matheson’s family has been filling a refrigerator-sized box with toys to donate to orphans in Brazil.

 His mother, local dentist Dr. Jeanette Matheson, was born and raised in Brazil and her parents still live there. On the family’s annual visits to the country, the Mathesons would see the country’s poor and return home with a continued desire to help, Matt said.

 On one visit, their donation box arrived while they were still in town.

“The orphanage called and said the box arrived and asked us if we wanted to come and hand out the toys to the children. So we went and I realized we are so lucky to have what we have here and I wanted to do something more to help them,” he said.

 At the time, the Fernwood Avenue Middle School student was interested in BMX riding and was customizing bikes. He asked his father, Malcolm “Randy” Matheson, if he could send bikes to the children.

“He said we could probably send one or two down, but a box of toys would help 300 kids or more, so we kept sending the toys instead,” he said.

Then, his younger brother Altimiro or “Miro,” a student at Dr. Joyanne D. Miller School, introduced him to his passion, skateboarding.

“Once I began skateboarding, I thought, ‘This is perfect,’” he said, noting they could customize the skateboards like he wanted to do with the bikes and they could fit a bunch of them in the box. He has since created a webpage for his project, called Club Rio Designs and will be selling the skateboards and other items at the Egg Harbor Township Craft Show on Saturday, Nov. 17 to raise money for the purchase of more materials to make the skateboards as well as raise money to send to the orphanage.

“All of the money I make at the craft show will go to them. Some of the money I make will go straight to them and some of it I will use to make more skateboards to send,” he said.

Matt purchases the wood boards, called decks, from a company, paints designs on them and then attaches the skateboard frame and wheels.

“Each board is hand-painted by me,” he said. He also creates T-shirts and other apparel with his designs. Those items will also be on sale at the craft fair, with proceeds going to his charitable endeavors.

For more information on Matt’s efforts or to purchase a product directly, see http://www.shredtheloaf.com/.

 

If You Go

Third Annual Egg Harbor Township Fall Craft Fair

Saturday, Nov. 17

9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Community Center, 5045 English Creek Ave.

50 local vendors

Santa will also available for pictures from 1 to 3 p.m.


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