Miles Eisenberg is a name that is becoming very popular on the North Fork of Long Island New York and it’s associated with life jackets and saving lives.
Like most 12-year-old boys, Eisenberg is interested in a lot of different things, but his passion for helping to save the lives of boaters is getting him recognized in more ways than one.
“People have seen me in the local newspapers and when I’m around town some will say, ‘hey, aren’t you the guy that’s doing that life jacket thing?’” said Eisenberg who is in the seventh grade. “The attention is neat, but I’m just glad to be putting my passion for boating and safety to good use.”
The Sea Tow Foundation, which is headquartered in Southold, NY, also known as the North Folk where Eisenberg lives, is the beneficiary of his passion and attention. As part of the community service requirement for his Bar Mitzvah, Eisenberg has volunteered to create and manage a Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stand, which loans life jackets at no cost to anyone who needs them.
Since 2008, the Sea Tow Foundation, a nonprofit tax-exempt organization, has distributed more than 35,000 life jackets to boaters across the country through the program. Boaters are able to borrow the life jackets for free to keep them safe on the water. Most of the life jackets supplied to the program have been purchased with a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.
According to Eisenberg, he has helped the Sea Tow Foundation to prep and distribute 50 life jacket stands for distribution nationwide. He has the desire and goal to assist with 50 more in the future. Each of these stands are then stocked with life jackets of all sizes also provided by the Sea Tow Foundation.
The seventh grader spends most of his summers on the water, and he has always been interested in boats and supporting this life-saving effort.
By the end of this year, the Sea Tow Foundation will have more than 300 Life Jacket Loaner Stands throughout the United States. The stands are located in common boating areas such as marinas and boating ramps. This program has made a great impact on the boating industry for families, mariners, commercial fisherman, and more.
The U.S. Coast Guard requires properly fitting life jackets to be available for all passengers on a boat and requires anyone under 13 to wear a properly fitting life jacket at all times while on board and outside of an enclosed cabin.
You, or your family, can assist this Sea Tow Foundation program by hosting a Life Jacket Drive in your community to help stock Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stands. Please consider making it a fun summer project. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org