April 2021

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Daughters of Israel, I am writing to ask for your financial support to help Daughters prevail against the COVID-19 pandemic and continue its mission of helping the infirm and other seniors in our community.

At this time last year, the novel coronavirus was quickly spreading across the United States and was causing unprecedented sickness and challenges for nursing homes and other senior living communities. Daughters of Israel was no exception, as the pandemic posed numerous challenges for Daughters’ staff, residents, and their families. Group activities and communal dining were discontinued, health guidelines prohibited residents and family members from having in-person contact, and the home’s annual fundraising events – including Casino Night and the Fern Forman Golf Tournament – had to be cancelled. To say that 2020 was a tough year for all of us is an understatement.

While the pandemic is certainly not over and we are required to keep many of those measures in place, there is finally a bright light at the end of the tunnel. On New Year’s Day, Daughters was able to celebrate the new calendar year with a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, which enabled residents and staff to receive the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The day brought hope to all the members of the Daughters community, and the event was celebrated with music, decorations, good food, and good vibrations all around. On that day alone, 140 residents and 136 staff members received their first dose of the vaccine. The event was covered by several local television news organizations, which was a big boost to the residents and the staff. The second vaccine dose was administered three weeks later. Additional vaccine clinics have been hosted at the home to provide everyone associated with the home the opportunity to be fully vaccinated.

The vaccine clinics have helped pave a road back to normalcy, but there is still much work to be done. Daughters continues to take all precautions to keep its residents and staff as safe as possible, which includes a rigorous COVID-19 testing program and the use of masks and other personal protective equipment within the home. In the best interests of the health and safety of everyone associated with the home, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to again postpone our in-person fundraising activities this year. This was a difficult decision because the monies raised through those fundraisers are relied upon by Daughters, a non-profit organization, to help cover a sizable portion of the home’s operating expenses. Given that we will be unable to hold our normal fundraising events this year, I ask that you consider making a financial donation to Daughters. Every dollar helps.

All such donations will enable Daughters to continue its COVID-19 testing program and the use of masks and other personal protective equipment, thereby ensuring the health and well-being of everyone at the home.

Donations can be made online using the form below or mailed to the attention of Susan Solomon, Director of Development at Daughters of Israel, 1155 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Thank you in advance for your generosity. There has never been a better time to support Daughters of Israel and its mission.

Very truly yours,

Jason Halper, President

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