The mission of The Jillian Fund is to provide support to families of children who are seriously ill and receiving care at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, NJ. The majority of the families served have children with pediatric cancer, and the fund typically pays rent/mortgage, utilities, auto loans, and more — directly on behalf of the families.
When the COVID-19 crisis hit, the hospital suddenly had many more families in need of emergency aid than they could possibly support. Many parents had lost their job; some were not eligible for unemployment. The Jillian Fund was proud to offer support. The gift cards ordered and distributed helped primarily with groceries and medication co-pays allowing families to the buy food for one more week or cover essential medication costs.
"The gift cards provided such needed relief during a time of crisis—and the fact that we were able to secure all these gift cards remotely, without needing to set foot in a store or bank, was truly a relief. In fact, we just ordered another round of gift cards to distribute as the need continues to be so great."