In Scotia and Glenville, the Glenville YMCA and the Scotia-Glenville Kiwanis Club hosted a drive-thru backpack/school supply donation drive in September. The community was very generous, with donations allowing the organizations to provide families in Scotia-Glenville and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake with much needed assistance with an abundance of school supplies. The Y and Kiwanis also provided Kohl’s and Target gift cards to the families for back-to-school needs. In all, the organizations prepared and distributed about 100 backpacks full of supplies.
In Schenectady, several local restaurants participating in the first Downtown Schenectady Wing Week accepted donations for The Foundation for Ellis Medicine to help support those fighting on the front-lines during the covid pandemic. Several restaurants used the event to raise money to help purchase personal protective equipment (PPEs) for health care providers. Among the participating restaurants were 20 North Broadway Tavern, Bombers Burrito Bar, Katie O’Byrne’s, Maria’s Cafe & Catering and Mexican Radio. Donations may still be made by visiting: https://www.ellismedicine.org/foundation/special-pledge.aspx.
In Latham, Empire BlueCross and the company’s philanthropic arm, the Empire BlueCross Foundation, hosted several Volunteer Day activities during Hunger Action Month last month to help fight hunger in the Capital Region. Two activities took place at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham, and a third was held at the Patroon Land Farm in Voorheesville. Empire BlueCross is providing more than 250,000 meals to people in need across the region, made possible by an $11,800 donation to the Regional Food Bank. The company also made a $10,000 donation to the South End Children’s Café and a $15,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area to support their food programs. To learn more about the Empire BlueCross Foundation, please visit http://www.anthem.foundation.
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