HACKENSACK, N.J. — Chabad of Hackensack distributed more than 1,600 masks to families in need during the Covid-19 pandemic at a free mask drive-thru Sunday.
Under sunny skies, volunteers donned latex gloves and black and white masks emblazoned with the inspiring message, “Think Good, It Will Be Good,” a classic Chassidic adage coined by the third Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch to encourage people during a time of adversity.
Hundreds of vehicles benefited from the masks, which drove up to the synagogue parking lot on Summit Avenue. Care packages, which included a heartfelt letter and helpful tips on how to deal emotionally during the quarantine like mindfulness, outreach and exercise, were placed directly into the car’s trunks and handed to the recipients sans contact. Local law enforcement stood by to observe that social distancing guidelines were being met.
In the past two months since the stay-at-home orders were issued by Governor Murphy, religious leaders recognized the need for these masks, which are in limited supply and mandatory to enter pharmacies, convenience stores and supermarkets.
“We are here to give assistance and try and help people in the community stay strong through this terrible pandemic," said Rabbi Mendy Kaminker, director of Chabad of Hackensack in a press release. "We strive to uplift and inspire them, while providing for basic needs, and right now people need masks and a message of hope.”
Kaminker plans to donate additional masks to area hospitals on the front lines of Covid-19 pandemic in the near future.