SUMMIT, NJ - Staking the message that "hope and gratitude are more contagious than ANY virus" firmly in the ground, the Overlook Auxiliary is inviting the community to display its appreciation for healthcare and essential workers by purchasing a 'Hope & Gratitude' lawn sign.

The $25 per sign fundraising effort seeks to raise funds to acquire a XENEX sterilization machine -- which can sanitize a room in 20 minutes -- for Overlook Medical Center. The device costs $90,000.

Each Hope & Gratitude lawn sign will serve as a reminder to neighbors and passersby alike that "we are in this together" and will acknowledge the incredible contributions of those on the front lines during the crisis.  Auxiliary volunteers will deliver each lawn sign to every doorstep.

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The signs are available by visiting http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=dovlkjtab&oeidk=a07eh021gqebf13c733. Additional donations to help fund this needed device are welcome.  

The Overlook Auxiliary has acknowledged the generous contributions of Scott Hale of STH Printing in New Providence -- for his designs -- and The UPS Store in downtown Summit for sign printing, and congratulate Zoe Berliner, Age 9 from Summit, and Ashleigh Andrews, Age 11 of Millburn, on their winning artwork submissions. The Auxiliary partnered with community residents Deb Meslar of Summit, Maria DeLuca and Amy Lepre of New Providence, who presented this idea.

Believing that a strong Overlook Medical Center anchors a strong Summit community, the Overlook Auxiliary is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1916 that cultivates a compassionate and comforting environment throughout the entire Overlook Medical Center community with active volunteering and imaginative fundraising.

Featuring more than 250 active members, the Auxiliary supports important Medical Center programs like the Breast Center at Overlook, the Pediatric Eating Disorder Center, Atlantic Hospice, Family Medicine, the Oncology Center, and other community organizations like Health Start (an agency with a location at the Overlook campus) and Camp Clover (a camp for children who have suffered loss). It also funds annual nursing scholarships for deserving candidates and have contributed funding for large projects including the Caregiver's Center, the Emergency Department and the Pediatric Playroom. The Auxiliary also runs a biennial Kitchen Tour which features several of the area's fabulous, private kitchens.

For more information on the Overlook Auxiliary, visit oaux.org or call 908-522-2004.