To our Employees and Community:


I hope everyone is staying safe and following all appropriate guidance to avoid catching the virus.  Just as important are avoiding situations in which we might infect other people.  This has been brought home on a very personal note as my Dad's assisted living facility has been hit with the virus, case count up to 25 today.  Very few of us who are actually working are at serious risk from COVID19, it's the vulnerable out there we have to be mindful of.  This virus is relentless in its attack on the weak and old.


Tonight is the first night of Passover.  This week is Good Friday and Easter comes this Sunday.  It is a bittersweet moment as we realize that traditional holiday celebrations will give way to the "Zoom Seder" or "Easter ZoomDay."  At the moment we most need our family and friends we are denied their physical presence.  Reach out and come together any way you can;  virtually, by phone, shouting across the yard to friends in the next house over ... but reach out!


I know that everyone's thoughts gravitate to the safety of their loved ones and their families first and foremost.  I am asking everyone to please expand their circle and think of those who are NOT a loved one or close relative or friend and might need help.  The older woman down the street whose husband died last year and uses a walker ... how about slipping a note under her door with your phone number and an offer to pick up essentials the next time you visit the store?  Or the younger person with asthma who is afraid to go out ... or the single Mom who has no one to watch the kids so she is forced to take them to the store with her ... offer to buy food or sundries.  We are all in this together ... look around and find someone you can help if you yourself are not suffering.  Pay it forward ... it is the right thing to do!


With Passover and Easter upon us, we find ourselves taking time out of our COVID19 stupor to revisit old traditions, customs, and foods.  When we ask at our Seder "why is this night different from all other nights" we might have some very different answers this year.  Take this moment in time to do some spiritual reflection ... ask how we might find some greater good in all of this horror.  If we can do that, I think we can maintain the spirit of the holy week even if we aren't able to physically be with people at our Seder, Church, or Easter celebration.


We are going to make it through this.  Individually we will make it through.  The company will make it through.  The country will make it through.  And the world will make it through.  Take a moment this week to reflect on the thousands of people who have been lost throughout the world as well as here at home.  Remember that we live in a connected world, and what happens to one happens to all.


I wish a Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all who celebrate.  I wish safety and recovery for all who are sick.  And I wish, most of all, that this scourge would be over and we can all get back to our normal lives.


Thank you for all your hard work.  Thank you for enduring this crisis.  You all make a difference.  People have goods to buy because of all of the essential workers from the truckers to the customs workers to the port workers to the cashier on the grocery counter ...


You are part of this.  Keep up the good work!  I'm proud to have you on our team!


Best Regards,

Mark Laufer
Laufer Group International Ltd