New Jersey Folks Help Out During Pandemic

It’s good to know that in every crisis, including the one we are experiencing now with the Coronavirus, folks are stepping up to help without looking for or expecting something in return. The following are just a few examples.

According to Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, a group of celebrities from New Jersey, including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Danny DeVito, Jon Bon Jovi and Whoopi Goldberg, have joined Gov. Murphy’s wife Tammy (shown above) in launching the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund in which 100 percent of the donations will be used to fight the medical, social and economic impact of COVID-19 in New Jersey and its most vulnerable residents.

This cooperative effort will be announced in a video that will air throughout the state.

To support a local restaurant in the wake of the pandemic, a group of neighbors in Montclair, N.J., bought $1,200 of frozen meat from Stuffed Grass-Fed Burgers and donated all of the food to Toni’s Kitchen, a local soup kitchen.

Ari Pamen, owner of Luck Saralobayavanija, is transforming all four of his restaurants into non-profits that will serve food at a lower price where customers can pick up food for themselves as well as donate meals for those in need.

The chain has also partnered with Mike’s Pasta and Sandwich Shoppe to provide food to health professionals on the front line.

Jim Hofmann, a teacher and robotics coach at Newton High School, is collaborating with public and private sectors to make 3D-printed face shields. He got permission to borrow three of the school’s 3D printers and he is now working from his own basement to produce 1000 protective face masks for health care frontline workers.

Neighbors helping neighbors is what it’s all about and sheltering at home until this pandemic is history.

Stay well and stay smart. Stay indoors if possible and take the necessary precautions if you must go out. Your life and those of your family and neighbors may depend on it.

Beau Weisman, Editor