Jennie Day – November 2019

The November Jennie Day meal consisted of Baked Ziti and Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Salad and Chocolate Chip Cookies for dessert. We’d like to thank Jen’s Grandmom, Patricia LePera, for sponsoring the November meal.

Thanks to your generosity, the Foundation was also able to make the following donations this month:

For the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley:
– House supplies
– Amazon gift cards
– Sponsor a 20-Day stay

For the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Family Resource Center:
– Gas and Grocery gift cards
– Infant/Preemie clothing

For the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House:
– Amazon gift cards
– Sponsor a 20-Day stay

Also this month, we were introduced to Daniel Devine, who is the Manager of Institutional Gifts and Program Development at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, in Bayside, NY. Dan wrote to us and told us about St. Mary’s mission, patients and families. Many of their families are lower-income, and rely on public transportation to get to and from the hospital. Dan asked if the Foundation could possibly assist St. Mary’s families by providing transit passes (called MetroCards). With your help, the Foundation was able to fund the purchase of 50 2-ride MetroCards for these families. You can learn more about St. Mary’s at

November was also an anniversary – four years of monthly meals at the Greater Hudson Valley Ronald McDonald House, mostly on the 15th of each month, to mark Jen’s passing. The meals actually pre-date the formation of the Foundation by about five months, and represent one of the core services the Foundation provides. What began as an idea from Jen’s Mom to both give back and ease the sense of loss has turned into essentially a monthly celebration of Jen’s life. We, Jen’s Mom, Dad, and Sister, have been joined by family, friends, and even some of the Hospital staff over the course of these four years to cook, serve, laugh, and remember. We are truly thankful for the support we have received, and continue to receive, for this important work.

There are still meal sponsorship opportunities available for next year. The cost to sponsor a meal is $100, which is used to offset the cost of providing a hot meal to the families residing at the GHV Ronald McDonald House, and also to the families and staff at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Oncology and Pediatric ICU wards. Please visit for more information.

Once again, thank you for all you do to support The Jennie Foundation.

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