SUMMIT, NJ - The Overlook Auxiliary's 'Hope & Gratitude' lawn sign fundraiser has now seen more than 3,000 signs purchased from more 30 towns -- and it is still going strong. The last day to order the rainbow-adorned placards is May 8 at midnight.   

The Auxiliary and its NP Twig 10 launched the sign campaign to reinforce to both neighbors and passersby how much everyone appreciates the amazing contributions of healthcare and other essential workers, everyday heroes who have been working nonstop during the crisis.  A parallel goal of the initiative was to raise funds to purchase a XENEX sterilization machine for Overlook and to assist in the purchase of much-needed PPE and other unmet pandemic needs at Overlook Medical Center.

With both primary goals met, the Overlook Auxiliary was honored with the opportunity to name the new XENEX machine and opted to name it 'HOPE' in honor of the campaign.

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The signs -- featuring artwork by Zoe Berliner, Age 9 from Summit, and Ashleigh Andrews, Age 11 of Millburn -- cost $25 and, once purchased, volunteers will deliver the sign(s) to doorsteps in one of the effort's designated delivery areas: Summit, Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Cranford, Fanwood, Garwood, Gillette, Kenilworth, Madison, Maplewood, Millburn, Mountainside, New Providence, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Short Hills, South Orange, Springfield, Stirling, Union, Warren, Watchung and Westfield.

To buy a sign, visit events.constantcontact.com.

Deliveries of the previously-ordered signs will continue for a few weeks after May 8. After that date, signs will no longer be available for purchase but folks can still donate directly toward Overlook Medical Center’s pandemic needs at oaux.org.

The Overlook Auxiliary has again expressed its thanks to Scott Hale of STH Printing in New Providence for his designs, and of The UPS Store in downtown Summit for printing the signs, and to community residents Deb Meslar of Summit, along with Maria DeLuca and Amy Lepre of New Providence who presented this idea.