For the past five summers, New Milford's Charlie Poveromo would leave a cooler of water bottles outside for town workers, mailmen, landscapers and other laborers.
Although Poveromo died suddenly in March, people are carrying on the annual tradition.
It started with his wife, Velvet Poveromo, who has a cooler outside of her home.
"He was my husband, my heart and my hero," she said. "I just feel so protective of him and am doing everything I can to honor him and his memory."
But the act of kindness has spread quickly, as many other community and family members are also putting "Charlie's Cooler" outside of their homes -- you can find one on Midland Avenue in Paramus.
Poveromo was the former owner of Henley's Bar & Grill in New Milford and was the bar manager at Grissini Restaurant in Englewood Cliffs.
Keep Charlie's legacy alive with a cooler of your own and call it, Charlie's Cooler.
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