The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary has been in the forefront of the area's response.

On Friday, the Rotary Club helped provide over 200 care packages to the residents of Richmond Towers Senior Living apartments in Plainfield. The effort was led by Rotarian Deanna Dell Bene, who coordinated the initiative and was there to help deliver the packages, along with Mayor Al Smith, and members of the Plainfield Rotary. The care packages included: educational info about staying safe, hand sanitizer, nitrile gloves, and fabric face masks made by our Rotary sewing team.

On Saturday, the Rotary Club delivered 26 boxes of food, containing over 1,000 meals, to El Centro in Plainfield. Listen to the message from El Centro’s Executive Director Silvia Hernandez.

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Additionally, the Rotary sewing team continues to make fabric masks daily and are in the process of making another 200 masks. Nick Del Negro made and donated 10 masks and also donated elastic and is offering lessons for anyone who wants to learn to make them. Earlier in April, the Rotary donated extension cords to Overlook Medical Center.

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club is raising money on GoFundMe page to benefit health care providers and first responders, and any donation will help make an impact. The Rotary aims to  raise money for meals (purchased at local businesses) for healthcare providers and first responders who live in Scotch Plains and Fanwood and to purchase P100 masks for Overlook Hospital. The GoFundMe page has raised $7,804 of its $20,000 goal.

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