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High Notes: Aid for TSA workers, food pantries, fire victim

High Notes: Aid for TSA workers, food pantries, fire victim

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities
High Notes: Aid for TSA workers, food pantries, fire victim
TSA and ATC employees at Albany Airport receive turkey meals from the Eastern Contractors Association.
Photographer: Erica Miller/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

In Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Springs Lions Club helped collect more than four tons of food for local food pantries through its annual “Because Hunger Doesn’t End With the Holidays” food drive. During the Jan. 19 event, the Lions Club, partnering with the Golub and Hannaford Corps., collected donations from shoppers at four area Price Chopper, Market 32 and Hannaford stores. All of the donations received were shared equally with six area food pantries, including the Franklin Community Center Pantry, Wilton Food Pantry, St. Clement’s Church Pantry, Saratoga EOC Pantry, Shelters of Saratoga Pantry and Salvation Army Pantry. In total, the club collected about 8,700 pounds of food and nearly $350 in cash donations.

In Colonie, members of the Eastern Contractors Association visited Albany International Airport last week to deliver turkey dinners to unpaid federal Transportation Safety Administration baggage screeners affected by the government shutdown. Volunteers from the association brought 200 frozen turkeys to the airport, along with bags of potatoes and boxes of stuffing mix to round out the dinners. In addition, the association donated $2,500 to a campaign organized by the United Way of the Greater Capital Region to raise money for gift cards for the affected federal workers. The United Way contributed $10,000, as did Price Chopper/Market 32, to raise more than $22,500 for the effort through Friday. Throughout the five-week shutdown that ended Friday, local restaurants, organizations and individuals contributed food and other assistance to the workers.

In Amsterdam, a GoFundMe page for fire victim Ernesto Morales had collected more than $15,500 through Sunday to offset the costs of medical care and replacing his home and vehicle. Morales, 62, owns and operates Ernesto Morales Jewelry Repair, a longtime downtown business that supports local activities such as youth soccer and hospice care. Morales suffered severe burns to his arms and face after accidentally setting his Church Street home on fire while thawing pipes on Jan. 22. To donate, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/support-ernesto-moraless-road-to-recovery
High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. Reader submissions are welcome. Send suggestions to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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