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Trees to Be Planted in Newborn's Memory

A San Diego man's effort to honor a Boston family will result in trees to be planted in New Jersey - all through an online fundraising website

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    Trees to Be Planted in Newborn's Honor

    NBC 7's Catherine Garcia reports on the fundraising efforts of a Mira Mesa man that succeeded beyond his initial goal. (Published Friday, Feb. 27, 2015)

    A newborn that lived only moments inspired a San Diego man to raise money for a memorial that may outlive us all.

    Michael Rothstein of San Diego learned a Boston couple lost their newborn just moments after the birth. He was friends with little Eva's parents and felt he had to do something.

    So, the Mira Mesa man set up a fundraising site to raise money to plant trees in Eva's honor.

    Using a Go Fund Me site, he set an original goal of $500. In just six days, people donated more than $4,200.

    As a result, Rothstein said 2500 trees will be planted in New Jersey as part of a restoration effort in areas hit by Superstorm Sandy.

    He purchased the trees through TheTreesRemember.org, an organization that uses programs established by the U.S. Forest Service.

    "It’s good for the environment, it’s a positive thing,” Rothstein told NBC 7. "These trees will last a long time."

    He added that he couldn’t think of a better way to memorialize the newborn than planting trees.