Former Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin is doing her best to make a difference during the coronavirus pandemic. To show appreciation to America’s frontline health care workers, Jill has been working with food companies across the United States, including Chefs Warehouse in Miami Beach, to provide meals to healthcare workers.
The businesswoman/author’s charity, Noshes for Nurses, has already raised over $50,000 on her Go Fund Me. Noshes for Nurses has fed frontline healthcare workers in over 40 hospitals so far. The former reality star is working on this project with her daughter, Allyson Shapiro.
Additionally, the mother and daughter duo are working together on making non-PPE – personal protective equipment, the kind meant for health care workers – masks. Every dollar raised from the mask sales is going back into Ms. Zarin’s charity. The masks can be found on her website, www.jillzarin.com.
While doing good for others, Jill has thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent working with her daughter on this. She tells us she has been able to share with Ally, now in her 20s, many concepts relating to business and charity.
Jill is demonstrating, in a powerful, tangible manner how celebrity derived from reality television can be put to good use, particularly at a time when people need help and healing. She told us how she came up with this idea to help feed America’s frontline healthcare workers:
“I give service 12 months a year and I found in this challenging time, I thought about what service can I do and with my daughter. So, it could be something that we could do together because there’s nothing worse than having a 20-something year old kid sitting on the couch watching TV. That wasn’t gonna happen. Not in my house and she agreed. So what could we do? And we came up with something called Noshes for Nurses. Because as a Jewish mother, as many who know, our job is to feed. That’s what we do really well. We like to feed everybody and I thought about that and I said, ‘That’s what I want to do. I want to feed the nurses.’”
Speaking of what her late husband, entrepreneur Bobby Zarin, would think of what she is doing to help make thousands of people’s lives brighter every day, Jill told us this:
“He’s watching over me and he is so happy we’re doing this and I get signs from him all the time.”
Featured columnist Jay Bildstein joins us for this inspiring CYInterview, that will make you want to find a way to make a difference during this coronavirus pandemic.
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You can find more information and make a donation to Jill Zarin’s Noshes for Nurses on GoFundMe by click here.
Editor’s note: Jill Zarin has stated that her masks do not qualify as personal protective equipment (PPE.) When choosing protective equipment and materials against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens, please make sure that they are fit for the purpose intended. Check with an appropriate health care professional as necessary.
You can find all of the non-PPE masks Jill Zarin is selling and learn more about her on her official website by clicking here.