In Ballston Spa, employees of New York State Industries for the Disabled today plan to deliver clothing, toys and other items to needy veterans in our area. The employees plan to deliver items they've donated to Saratoga RPC's Guardian House in Ballston Spa, which serves both male and female veterans. The employees earlier this year "adopted" the veterans, who provided wish lists that the staff went out and filled. Among the donations were items and cash that could be used toward holiday purchases. The employees also plan to deliver Christmas trees, wreaths and ornaments. For more information on the Saratoga County RPC visit its website at www.vethelpny.org.
In Albany, 11-year-old Connor Meigher, inspired by one of his hockey heroes, has raised hundreds of dollars to help homeless families buy diapers for their children. Meigher recently met New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and was inspired by the goalie's charitable foundation, which provides money to charities to help children and families with food, medical assistance and educational materials. So Meigher, who attends Albany Academies, set out to do some good work of his own, raising more than $3,500 to help families purchase diapers this holiday season.
In Schenectady, 9-year-old Abigail Mangar may have saved her mother's life and her own, as well as saved her home, by acting quickly to call 9-1-1 upon seeing smoke in her home on Waldorf Place last week. Mangar was obviously paying attention during a fire-prevention seminar at her school given recently by a Schenectady Fire Department arson investigator.
High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the many good works being done by individuals and organizations in our communities. If you have a suggestion for High Notes, please send it to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]