PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh and 6th Ward Councilman Al Abdelaziz partnered with the Muheisen family and MP Plastics to distribute hundreds of personal care packages to senior citizen residents in the ward's senior community complexes on Tuesday.

The effort came as efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus, continue to intensify.

"Keeping our seniors safe is a core priority,” Sayegh said. “We also need to ensure that they have the basic necessities to sustain themselves. These personal care packages will help us achieve that objective."

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The personal care packages will consisted of a case of bottled water, disposable medical masks, toilet paper, napkins, and paper towels.

Reminding residents of the importance of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, and that senior citizen residents are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 Abdelaziz said that many of those the were visited as part of the effort are struggling to make ends meet as it is.

“With COVID-19 a direct threat to our city's public health, our seniors need our assistance to ensure they have access to the basic necessities that we take for granted, especially before this pandemic emerged,” Abdelaziz said. “Our goal in distributing these personal care packages is to lessen the burden on them so they can stay safe at home without having to worry about going out to get household staples.  We want to make sure that all our senior citizens are safe, sound, and secure.”

MP Plastics, which produces plastic and paper products, has been a part of the 6th Ward business community for over 30 years and the Muheisen family are all born-and-raised Patersonians and prominent figures in the city's Muslim-American community.

"Growing up in this community, and operating a long-time family-run business in the community, we know how critical it is to give back to our neighbors and customers during times of crisis", said Aiman Muheisen, while Dr. Wael Muheisen added that during this difficult time “those who are capable of helping their communities have a responsibility to do so, and no one should have to go without basic necessities.”  

“Over the past several weeks, it has been heartwarming to see the number of businesses and volunteers who have stepped up to contribute their time and resources to assisting the community in a time of need.” said Abdelaziz.  “That's what makes the 6th Ward and Paterson such a strong community - we are diverse and have people of many different strengths and skills, but we know we are stronger when everyone comes together to ensure that no one is forgotten.  

“Together, we are proving that community spirit can and will overcome the COVID-19 crisis.”

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