Due to COVID-19, Solomon starts letter writing campaign for seniors, DeFusco follows suit


Jersey City Ward E Councilman James Solomon is asking for more volunteers to joining his letter writing campaign in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, with Hoboken 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco following suit with a similar effort.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Isolation weighs hardest on older members of our community. As some federal officials go on record suggesting we sacrifice members of their generation to bolster the Dow Jones, let’s make sure no senior among us feels alone,” Solomon said.

He added that he got the idea from Harsimus Cove Association President Sarah Ordway.

The program, currently piloting in the Ward E area before potential expansion to other neighborhoods, aims to connect 500 or more Jersey City volunteers willing to write to neighbors over 70.

Since its launch on Thursday, March 26th nearly 200 volunteers have signed up to write over 1,000 cards.

The councilman is calling on another 200 volunteers, who can sign up here, who will be provided with mailing addresses for their preferred number of recipients obtained via public-record voter registration listings at the Hudson County Clerk’s office.

Additionally, Solomon has compiled a list of COVID-19 relief efforts in Jersey City that can be found here (residents can also sign up for his daily updates here).

Furthermore, in Downtown Hoboken, DeFusco’s office said that around 200 seniors had received cards in the last day or so, with the councilman noting he felt it was important not to forget our elders during this public health emergency.

“In this time of uncertainty, many of us may be feeling alone or forgotten, but none more so than our seniors and most vulnerable residents,” he said.

“Little acts of kindness go a long way and sending quick notes of encouragement and positive wishes will help remind those individuals that all of Hoboken is here to support them.”

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