In an unprecedented move, Mayor Joseph Tamburino’s Administration coordinated a Village-wide effort to deliver face masks and hand sanitizer to nearly 4,000 residences.
Mayor Tamburino stated, “It was frustrating to know that we had residents who could be exposed to the COVID-19 germ and that we were helpless in helping them fight this invisible enemy. It was at this point the Village Trustees, the Village Clerk and I devised a game plan to help residents obtain very difficult to find face masks and hand sanitizer, which are important tools in fighting the spread of this disease.”
The first step in the process was assigning Fire Chief Ken Carling to shop for medically approved hand sanitizer and face masks. Because of the high demand, it took a few days, but the Chief was successful in procuring 20,000 face masks and 4,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to be placed in plastic bags.
At this point, Village Clerk Linda Gould, Special Events Coordinator Evelyn Belmonte, and Deputy Clerk Noreen Thermos recruited a team of 57 volunteers to stuff 4,000 bags, each containing 5 face masks and 1 bottle of hand sanitizer.
Once the bags were stuffed, Village Manager Russ Wajda organized a crew of 21 volunteers to go throughout Hillside over the Memorial Day weekend to place the bags onto the door handles of every Hillside residence to which they had access.
Mayor Tamburino concluded, “During a crisis, government must do whatever it can to ensure the safety and well-being of their neighbors; even if the face masks and hand sanitizer save only one person from this deadly disease, the effort will have been well worth it.”