HIGH NOTES: Kids helping seniors, aid for dying patients, masks and food for covid relief


In Clifton Park, the town of Clifton Park distributed masks and collected non-perishable food and personal care items during an event at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center on the Common. The food will be donated to the local food pantry. Early in the pandemic, the town purchased a large quantity of protective masks in partnership with the Clifton Park IDA, according to the town’s Facebook page. Since the start of the pandemic, the town has held several public mask distributions, made multiple deliveries of masks to senior housing complexes and has provided masks to many small businesses. The town has also hosted multiple non-perishable food/personal care item drives for local pantries. Saturday’s event was a drive-up format, allowing people do receive masks and donate food items without leaving their vehicles or having contact with others.

In Scotia, local businesses and individuals helped raise $10,000 for the Joan Nicole Prince Home as part of the home’s Holiday Business Appeal. The $10,000 will be matched by the Wright Family Foundation. Among the businesses that donated to the appeal were Anker’s Auto Service, Demarco Stone Funeral home, Nosal Memorials, R.A. Fuerst Law Group, P.C., Simple Choices Inc., 1st National Bank of Scotia, Exit 8 Liquors and Find Your Dreams Inc. The Joan Nicole Prince Home is a non-profit organization that provides around-the-clock comfort care to terminally ill patients in need during their final days. The money raised will help support the home’s mission and educational programs. For more information on the Joan Nicole Prince Home, visit https://www.joannicoleprincehome.org/. For more information on the Wright Family Foundation, visit: http://www.wrightfamilyfoundation.org/.

In Niskayuna, three local high school students are helping area senior citizens by providing them with food and medicine deliveries and assisting them with other tasks like sending emails. The teens, Maya Dhinesh and Amira Salem from the Niskayuna school district and Rajani Nimma from the North Colonie district, formed a local chapter of Teens Helping Seniors last year, and have been volunteering in the community since then, helping more than 30 local seniors.

High Notes is a Monday feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations, schools and colleges, and businesses. If you know of anyone who should be celebrated, send your suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]






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