After recovering from coronavirus, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Jennifer Aydin is using her platform to give back by donating over 5,000 masks to hospitals in New Jersey and New York.
“When I had the coronavirus, I noticed that my masks were really flimsy at the time,” Aydin, 43, told Page Six on Thursday. “Everyone was asking how I had contracted it or whatever and I was like, ‘I was just at the grocery store. That’s the only place that I went to.’”
After her recovery, she asked her husband, a plastic surgeon, to get her an N95 mask, to which he replied that there were none available.
“I figured if me, as a doctor’s wife, was having difficulty getting these masks, what about the average Joe?” she said.
Aydin went to work trying to secure masks, purchasing 10,000 from the same manufacturer who makes her Ultimate Beauty Pillow in the hopes of protecting and supporting her community. However, she didn’t tell anyone of her plans.
“I didn’t want to jinx it until the shipment was able to come through,” she said. Once she had the masks, she reached out to the Governor’s office to find out which New Jersey facilities needed them the most, and ended up sending 3,000 to the Bergen New Bridge Center in Paramus.
Aydin admitted that when the masks arrived, she first contacted her family, friends and “RHONJ” cast members, just in case they needed masks. In doing so, a producer from the show put her in touch with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and she was able to donate an additional 2,000 masks to the facility.
“I’ve also donated a thousand masks to just miscellaneous people who have DM’d me and asked me and been begging me,” she continued. “So every time I get a new request that I happen to see, if I’m able to, I just put some masks in an envelope and I go to the post office or have my assistant go by the post office and just ship them out.”
She is also keeping some of the masks on-hand for all of her husband’s patients at the Aydin Center for Plastic Surgery.
“He is planning to re-open once the quarantine and the stay-at-home thing is lifted,” she said. “We have patients calling. People want their Botox and their injectables!”
Aydin tested positive for coronavirus in April after suffering from massive headaches, among other symptoms, and revealed that her daughter and father, who had to be hospitalized for a few days, also contracted the deadly illness. Luckily, everyone is on the mend now.
“I feel great,” she said. “I feel as good as new. Really. Like so happy and grateful that I didn’t get it as worse as other people have because it was a little scary for a minute.”
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