SNJ Today Honors Legacy of Cara McCollum

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MILLVILLE, N.J. -

When SNJ Today news launched back in July 2015, our first lead anchor, Cara McCollum, captivated audiences with her wit, humor, and beauty.

Cara was a former Miss New Jersey with a passion for stories. Whether she was sharing someone else's story here on the newscast, telling us a hilarious tale in the newsroom, or reading a story to kids at a local library, storytelling brought Cara joy.

Though we tragically lost Cara following a car accident exactly three years ago, we continue to honor her legacy with the Cara McCollum Birthday Book Project of Southern New Jersey.

Cara started the Birthday Book Project as a teenager in her hometown of Forrest City, Arkansas.

Her mission was to provide underprivileged children with a new book on their birthdays.

She once said, "If I can place a book in the hands of kids on their birthdays, I can show them what a gift reading can be."

For more than two years, the Birthday Book Project, headed up by President Donna Frie, has given kids in a dozen schools new, wrapped, books to celebrate their big day.

We hope to continue Cara's legacy far into the future.

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