When the pandemic hit, Michael Roy took action; he decorated his pickup truck with a row of American flags along the back and multiple ‘East Haven Proud’ stickers – and took to the streets, playing what he calls ‘USA proud’ music for his neighbors. The idea has received an incredible response and is now helping out many in the community!
Roy has a simple mission. “It’s me driving by letting them know that they’re not technically home alone,” he said. “We’re all in this together. We’re all one community.” The community has noticed and looks forward to the uplifting songs, so Roy is doing these drive-bys nightly. “He’s just brought life to the community, to East Haven, to us during these trying times when we’re all stuck in our homes,” said Debbie Nordmann, an East Haven resident who enjoys the patriotic tribute whenever it comes around.
Residents aren’t the only ones who took notice. The McDermott Chevrolet dealership in town offered Roy one of their trucks, with all of the same decorations, to continue spreading positivity. So far, nearly $2,000 has been raised which has gone to support the local food pantry and animal shelter as well as to provide meals for local first responders.
East Haven residents say that to them, Roy is a local hero.
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