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Stronger than Hate

WORCESTER – When eleven-year-old Joey Fisher of Worcester saw a patch that the Pittsburgh Penguins were wearing on their uniforms – with a Jewish star and inscribed with the words “Stronger than Hate,” in honor of the 11 murdered at the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27 — the sixth grader thought that was “cool.”

Ethan Spaulding, who was goalie on the Worcester Wildcats hockey team and is a coach on Joey’s Worcester Street Hockey League showed Joey the special Pittsburgh patches and Joey decided that his own hockey team should have helmet stickers with that same anti-hate message.

His mother Cari-Lynn Fisher contacted hockey dad Kevin O’Brien and his Company Worx Cooperative Printing in Auburn, which produced 200 stickers.

O’Brien donated the first 50 stickers, then charged $1 for the rest.

Joey is now selling the stickers and donating the proceeds to the Pittsburgh Jewish Federation’s Tree of Life (TOL) fund. At $5, each sticker sold is a $4 donation to the TOL fund. So far, around 67 stickers have been purchased – or more than $300 raised for the Pittsburgh Jewish Federation.

“The shooting made me sad and the motto Stronger than Hate made me feel better. And I liked the Jewish and hockey communities coming together,” Joey said.

Besides being a big hockey fan, Joey is also a junior leadership member of PJ Our Way, which provides chapter books for kids 8 ½ to 11 from PJ Library.

Joey said Tikkun Olam is important to him because “I am doing for someone else and that is important to me.”

To order a sticker and donate to the TOL fund go to fishercl@gmail.com or mhall@jfcm.org.

CAP: Joey Fisher, right, and his hockey mentor Ethan Spaulding

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