Compassion Makes the World a Better Place-Vote for Your Favorite Depiction of Compassion

Posted on July 21, 2015 By

What exactly is compassion and what does it mean to a child? The public is invited to see the exhibit “Compassion through the Eyes of a Child,” a display of 500 art boards created by New Jersey children in grades 2 through 8, at the Ocean County YMCA, 1088 W. Whitty Road, Toms River, throughout July. Viewers can choose their favorite depiction of compassion by voting for the People’s Choice Award.

Besides the winner of the People’s Choice Award, a panel of judges will select 130 semi-finalists whose art boards will be displayed at the Grunin Center, Building #12, Ocean County College, 1 College Drive, Toms River, N.J., during August.

The winner of Compassionate Toms River will be announced in September. The child who submits the winning compassion art piece will win $1000 donated by Rotem Dental Care for either his or her class, place of worship, or a charity.

Cast your vote at the YMCA for the People’s Choice Award or vote online at

New Jersey Toms River dentist Dr. Ron Rotem, organized and founded the Compassionate Toms River movement as part of the Charter for Compassion, a drive that is striving to activate the Golden Rule around the world. Dr. Rotem said, “Compassionate Toms River is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking; but, more importantly, compassionate action, which many feel is the center of religious, moral and political life.”

The mission of Compassionate Toms River is to inspire the growth and development of a culture of compassion in Toms River and the surrounding areas through advocacy, awareness and action.

Comcast Spotlight, the first partner of Compassionate Toms River, donated more than 500 canvas art boards (9×12) for this project.

Visit Compassionate Toms River on Facebook or To become a judge and for questions about the Compassionate Toms River program, contact Dr. Rotem, Rotem Dental Care, 355 Lakehurst Road, Toms River at 732-341-8500.