By: Isaiah S. Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host
BRIDGETON, N.J. – The Cinco De Mayo Cultural Festival brought out vendors upon vendors including nonprofits and community members at the riverfront in Bridgeton.
Stephanie Gonzalez representing the UEZ Program and Rosalinda Garcia of Bridgeton Main Street represented their hometown extremely well by orchestrating the itinerary for the day from Plaza Comunitaria Bridgeton dancing to vendors like Mr. Taco coming out to feed the community.
“I’m looking forward to meeting more of the merchants here to assist them,” said Gonzalez. “The UEZ Program is back active, so I’m excited to get more assistance to the merchants.”
Heart of Hustle is providing toys to the youth in the community of Bridgeton and other parts of Cumberland County. It is run by Chris Newsom and managed by Manuel Gonzalez; these men want to put smiles on the children’s faces without taking too much out of the parents’ pockets.
“I worked with children all my life,” said Newsome. “When I thought of a toy store, I was trying to give kids more affordable toys without going into the big markets.”
Aspiring Hopes and Dreams LLC also was in attendance. They are a group of caregivers serving individuals in South Jersey with developmental disabilities. It is run by America Garcia. Her entire family and staff made time to spread awareness and interact with the community while at the festival in hopes of serving more in South Jersey.
Cinco De Mayo Cultural Festival 2023 was definitely What’s Good in South Jersey.
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