In Clifton Park, parishioners of the Starpoint Church raised $2,750 through $15 monthly offerings to provide support for the City Mission of Schenectady. The money will be used for the mission’s “Dress For Success” program, which provides clothing for individuals to go on job interviews and jobs. The donations were part of the church’s 15-year celebration. The $15 monthly donation by church members raises money for other charitable organizations in the area. In November, the church donated $2,855 to Cheryl’s Lodge, the Captain Community Outreach Center in Halfmoon Heights, which offers programming for children, families and seniors. And in January, the church made a $3,170 donation to the Shenendehowa school district’s Bountiful Backpacks program. The Bountiful Backpacks program, in partnership with the Regional Food Bank of NENY, provides backpacks full of food to ensure that children in need receive food, particularly on weekends and other times when school is out. For more information on the City Mission, visit http://citymission.com/. For information on Shen’s Bountiful Backpacks program, visit https://sites.google.com/shenschools.org/shen-bountiful-backpack/home. And for information on Cheryl’s Lodge, visit https://captaincares.org/what-we-do/cheryls-lodge.html.
In Schenectady, hundreds of runners and walkers recently participated in the 10th annual Run 4 Your Life 5K road race to benefit the Schenectady Firefighters Cancer Foundation. The run, in which participants paid a $25 entry fee ($30 on race-day), took place in and around Schenectady’s Central Park. It featured the adult race and a free kids run at the end. The event was cosponsored by the Martin, Harding & Mazzotti law firm and MESFire firefighter equipment store. The Schenectady Firefighters Cancer Foundation provides Schenectady Fire Department members and their families assistance when dealing with cancer. For more information and to donate, visit https://www.neverfightalone.org/.
In Schenectady, two local residents placed their own lives in jeopardy to help rescue five children from a burning city home last month. The fire broke out the morning of March 27, apparently in an electric plug located between two couches on the second floor of the multi-family building on Georgetta Dix Plaza. Resident Crystal Nolan was awoken by one of her nephews to the fire. She and nephew Nhazeem Boghasian got the children, including one infant, out of the building while trying unsuccessfully to extinguish the blaze. No one was injured.
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