In Amsterdam, runners and walkers raised more than $45,000 for Dr. Tom Catena’s mission work in the Sudan while participating in the fifth annual Thanks4Giving 5k at Shuttleworth Park. Participants donated $15 each to join the 5k run/walk or a 1.5k walk. Proceeds benefit Catena’s mission work at the Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan. Catena, a Catholic missionary from Amsterdam, has been the only doctor permanently based in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains since 2007. He typically treats up to 400 patients a day and is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, treating everything from broken bones to malaria to malnutrition. He estimates he performs more than 1,000 operations a year. To learn more about Catena and the Sudan Relief Fund, and to donate, visit https://sdnrlf.com/our_team/dr-tom-catena/.
In Schenectady, local businesses and charitable organizations contributed $44,000 for a new van for the Schenectady Inner City Ministry to replace the van destroyed in a collision with another vehicle earlier this month. The van is used by the Ministry to take people home from the food pantry after they pick up their food items. Among those contributing to the new van were MVP Health Care, The Schenectady Foundation, Seymour Fox Foundation, Wright Family Foundation, the Little Family Foundation, First Reformed Church and Price Chopper/Market 32.
In Loudonville, Roddy Valente — a local thoroughbred horse owner and owner of R.J. Valente Gravel — hosted his annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway at the Capital OTB’s Clubhouse Racebook, donating 1,400 turkeys to people in need. He started the turkey giveaway in 2014, when he donated 600 turkeys. This year, he expected to give away 800 of the 20-22-pound turkeys at the Racebook event and deliver another 600 to local organizations. Along with the turkeys, people also were invited to pick up other Thanksgiving fixings, including vegetables and cranberry sauce.
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