Buy Bagels, Help Buy Bagels, Help Support Toms River Field Of Dreams Project

Bob’s Bagel Cafe is holding a weekend-long fundraiser for dad’s dream to build a baseball-mini golf-playground for special needs kids.

TOMS RIVER, NJ — A father of a special-needs child is spearheading a campaign to build a recreation complex for special-needs kids in Toms River is getting an assist from a local bagel shop.

Bob’s Bagel Cafe in Toms River is holding a weekend-long fundraiser for the Toms River Field of Dreams, the proposal being led by Christian Kane, a Toms River man whose young son was severely injured in a car accident in 2012.

In a video posted to YouTube, Kane said he seeking help from anyone and everyone, from financial assistance to hands-on labor for the construction. The project would be built at Silver Bay Elementary School, in conjunction with the Toms River Regional School District, which produced the video for the project.

The hope, Kane said, is to convert existing facilities at Silver Bay to a facility that offers special needs children a unique experience, with baseball as its centerpiece.

“Imagine watching your son or daughter, who physically can’t be mobile in a wheelchair on dirt, be able to play a two-inning baseball game?” Kane said in the video. From baseball, the children could go and play on a playground that’s accessible to children who use wheelchairs, with swings and other apparatus. The facility would include a snack area and a miniature golf course, “so what might start as a couple of hours can be hours of fun for a family,” Kane said.

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