In Schenectady, the City Mission of Schenectady provided Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of residents and visitors as part of its annual holida dinner event. This year, in addition to serving residents in the dining areas, the mission gave out meals and other essentials to those in need through a take-out approach under covid protocols. Volunteers donated their time to prepare meals, and many individuals and businesses donated food and other items. The Mission was able to accomplish this all the while continuing to serve regular daily meals to people in need in the community. For more information on the City Mission of Schenectady and to donate or volunteer, visit https://citymission.com/.
In Saratoga Springs, members of the Skidmore College community helped collect food, school supplies, PPEs, personal care items and money to help those less fortunate in our community. During the 15th annual Skidmore Cares community program, faculty, staff and students throughout the month of November collected and donated nearly 3,000 food items and more than 3,400 school supplies and personal care items. Among the items were more than 2,100 face masks. In addition, they collected nearly $800.The items and money are being donated to 10 local community service agencies, including Shelters of Saratoga, Franklin Community Center, Mary’s Haven, Saratoga Economic Opportunity Council, Wellspring, Corinth Central School District, Saratoga Springs City School District PATHS, the Latino Advocacy Program, the Salvation Army and Saratoga Center for the Family.
In Niskayuna, Niskayuna Fire District 1, the Niskayuna Permanent Firefighters, the Niskayuna PFA and Niskayuna police recently worked together to host a Santa Drive and Stuff the Fire Truck event to collect toys for needy children through the Toys for Tots program. Dozens of people, including children, lined the street with new, unwrapped toys to donate. Within an hour of the Santa Drive By event, they had collected six boxes of toys to add to the 30 boxes of toys collected during the Stuff the Fire Truck event. Firefighters continue to collect items for Toys for Tots at the fire station. For more information, visit the department’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NiskayunaFD1/.
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