HIGH NOTES: Food drives for those in need, help with heating costs

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In the Capital Region, Mohawk Auto Group is collecting non-perishable food items throughout the month of February to benefit the Bethesda House of Schenectady. Through Feb. 28, the company will have drop-off stations located in its showrooms and repair centers in Schenectady, Glenville and Clifton Park. Non-perishable food items needed include canned and boxed goods, peanut butter, jelly, tea bags, ground coffee and juice boxes. Bethesda House is an interfaith ministry to the homeless, disabled and economically disadvantaged citizens of Schenectady County building “a just, hospitable and inclusive community one person at a time.” For more information on Bethesda House, visit https://www.bethesdahouseschenectady.org/.

In Saratoga Springs, the Mayor’s Department will be hosting a drive-thru food drive at the Rec Center on Vanderbilt Avenue from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, and Friday, Feb. 12, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 13. The food collection will benefit the Franklin Community Center and Mother Susan Anderson Women & Children’s Emergency Shelter. Donors are asked to center the Rec center parking lot from Vanderbilt Avenue, stop at the circle, exit your car wearing a face mask and place your donation in the cart. A volunteer will then come and retrieve the donation. Among the items needed are toilet paper/sanitary products, laundry detergent (pods), individually wrapped snacks, condiments, paper products, pet food, health and beauty products and large-sized diapers. For more information, visit http://www.saratoga-springs.org/civicalerts.aspx?AID=545.

In Albany, the National Grid Foundation is committing a record $250,000 to Catholic Charities’ Emergency Energy Assistance Fund (EEAF) to help local residents pay their energy bills, doubling last year’s grant to help even more families get through an extremely challenging time. The funding will help an estimated 700 households in 14 upstate New York counties, including the Greater Capital Region and outlying rural areas For more information on Catholic Charities, visit http://www.ccrcda.org/.

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