In Saratoga County, the Mitzen family has donated $375,000 to the American Red Cross toward its “Delivering Hope” campaign, allowing it to purchase a new bloodmobile for the region. The new state-of-the-art bloodmobile, to be launched early next year, will replace the existing 12-year-old bloodmobile that is well beyond its useful life. The donation by the Mitzen family will fund the entire purchase price of the vehicle, which will feature improved gas mileage, climate control and “advanced technology to enhance the blood donor experience,” according to the Red Cross. Ed Mitzen is the founder of Fingerpaint, a health and wellness advertising agency. Money is still being raised for bloodmobiles. To contribute to the Delivering Hope campaign, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/eastern-new-york-blood-fleet. Contributors also can call (518) 694-5147 or mail donations to American Red Cross, 33 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205.
In Schenectady, the Animal Protective Foundation received a donation of $1,372 as part Ocean State Job Lot’s “To the Rescue Program,” a new initiative by the corporation designed to benefit hundreds of animal welfare organizations across New England, New York and New Jersey. In the first year of the program, To the Rescue raised more than $320,000, donating $37,000 to shelters in New York. Customers of each store elected their local recipient.
In Albany, volunteers from UAlbany, Albany Med and the community packed and delivered 700 “comfort bags” to support sexual-assault victims who undergo forensic testing and treatment at Albany Medical Center. The effort, now in its fifth year, is called We Care, and is held in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. During a recent event at SEFCU Arena, attendees formed an assembly line to pack the bags with items such as clothing, toiletries, gift cards, a teddy bear and an encouraging note from a member of the community. They then packed the bags into waiting ambulances to transport them to Albany Med with support by UAlbany’s Five Quad ambulance service, Albany County EMS and the Office of the Sheriff. Every victim who presents at Albany Med will be given a bag.
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