In Malta, local businesses paid their respects and offered thanks to frontline workers of the coronavirus crisis with an evening of entertainment at the Malta Drive-In. About 350 tickets were distributed to first responders and healthcare providers as part of the appreciation night, which included a concert, comedy show, a showing of National Lampoon’s Vacation and fireworks.
In Ballston Spa, members of the community are brightening up the village with the third annual Ballston Spa Birdhouse Competition, Ballston Spa BLOOMS! Curtis Lumber provided the wood for 320 bird houses for children to decorate. The program also was made possible with a grant from the Saratoga Arts-Community Arts Grant. Local artist Mark Blech organized the event, which also included themed banners hung in the village on the Victorian lamp posts. The booster clubs of Ballston Spa Central School District contributed banners highlighting the graduating seniors in the district’s sports program whose seasons were cut short by the coronavirus epidemic. The centerpiece of the celebration is a 6-by-80-foot printed banner filled with flowers painted by local children.
In Albany, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York teamed up earlier this month to host a mass food distribution as part of Catholic Charities’ mobile outreach initiative, CC MOVE. The distribution on June 15 at the Pastoral Center in Albany served 1,820 individuals across 559 households. The June 16 distribution at Centro Civico serviced 2,253 individuals across 632 households. The initiative is an effort to provide supplemental and emergency food at a time when many are struggling. Food items provided by the Regional Food Bank were packaged by staff and volunteers and distributed at the locations with proper social distancing measures in place. Catholic Charities and the Regional Food Bank have distributed over 200 tons of food so far this year and 8,000 packages of fresh, frozen and shelf-stable food items to households across the diocese. For more information on future food distribution events, visit http://www.ccrcda.org/events.
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