In Albany, CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s charitable giving arm, the CAP COM Cares Foundation, is helping local children in need with school supplies through its annual backpack program. This year, the program delivered 1,020 backpacks, which have been donated to 26 organizations and schools in the Capital Region. New backpacks were filled with school supplies, including notebooks, folders, pencils, crayons, rulers, glue sticks and more. Nearly 60 CAP COM employees volunteered to fill the backpacks over a week’s time. Backpacks were delivered in July.
In Albany, a local firefighter and his wife who benefited from the generosity of the community after news spread about him suffering a severe medical issue are giving back to the community by creating a local nonprofit to help first responders in crisis. Josh Woodward, a firefighter at Albany International Airport, suffered a number of life-threatening medical issues since going to the emergency room in February with what he thought was a pulled muscle. It turned out he was suffering from a septic infection that affected his heart, lungs, kidneys and liver. While the family dealt with the crisis, the community pitched in by bringing the family groceries, performing household chores, making sure their kids got to school and their dogs walked. In response, Josh and his wife Chelsea have established Woodward Strong, which will help one first responder in crisis each month with the same type of services the community provided during their time of need. To learn more about Woodward Strong and to donate, visit the Woodward Strong website at https://woodwardstrong.org.
In Saratoga Lake, a customer at Dock Brown’s Tavern left a $1,000 tip to a waitress who was five-months pregnant. The waitress, Nichole Tremblay, and the customer had talked a bit while he dined at the restaurant. When he left, he wrote a note on the bill wishing her good luck with the baby and the $1,000 tip. She said she plans to use the money to set up a savings fund for her child.
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