In Schenectady, Jahnel Group, a local software development company, has donated more than $14,000 to Ellis Hospital so it can purchase protective gowns that are needed by professional healthcare workers. Each single-use gown costs $20, and the hospital hasn’t had enough of them. Company COO Jason Jahnel personally headed up the company fund-raising effort after deciding how the company could best help out in the crisis. For more information on the company, visit its website: https://www.jahnelgroup.com/index.html.
In Sharon Springs, the Kennedy family is giving back to the community by obtaining, fixing up and giving away used bicycles to those in need. Ken and Nina Kennedy recently obtained about 70 abandoned bikes from the Schenectady Police Department, as well as some bikes dropped off when word spread he was collecting them. In that time, Ken has begun fixing them up and putting the repaired bikes out in his yard. Some of the bikes needed simple repairs, while some will be used for parts. So far, through his Facebook page and word of mouth, Ken Kennedy has received more than 200 requests for bikes. Donations are welcome. To obtain a bike or make a donation, visit Ken Kennedy’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ken.kennedy.14.
In the region, the staff at BlueShield of Northeastern New York is sending more than 800 snacks from Strive Vending and 600 bottles of hand sanitizer to the police and fire stations in Glen Falls, Plattsburgh and Troy and to workers at the Malta Ambulance Corps and the Parkland Ambulance Service to ensure they’re adequately protected and to keep the public safe. In addition, BlueShield donated $25,000 to the Capital Region COVID-19 Community Response Fund.
In Scotia, family members and friends of a family that lost everything in a fire on Bruce Street last Sunday morning are raising money to help them recover. Four members of the Dietershagen family escaped the early-morning blaze, but were all hospitalized. A Dietershagen Family Relief Fund has been set up at 1st National Bank of Scotia. The Scotia branch is located at 1st National Bank of Scotia, 201 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, NY 12302. Checks should be made out to the Dietershagen Family Relief Fund. Cash is also accepted. The family will receive 100% of money donated. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help the family at https://www.gofundme.com/f/dietershagen-fire-relief. Through Friday afternoon, the fund had collected more than $38,100 toward a $38,000 goal.
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