* Toilet paper donation
Essity, a global hygiene and health company, on Wednesday plans to donate 3,600 rolls of its "Tork" brand toilet paper to Albany-based Living Resources.
The agency provides housing and program services to more than 300 individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and to people suffering from brain injuries.
“We are so grateful to Essity for this generous donation," said Deneen Palmateer, director of philanthropy for Living Resources, in a press statement. "Toilet paper is a very recent and very valuable commodity. When our organization realized last week that we were in a dire supply situation, we were connected to Essity, who responded immediately."
One hundred cases of the rolled tissue are scheduled for delivery at the non-profit agency’s headquarters at 300 Washington Ave. Extension. Living Resources will distribute supplies to residents at its various facilities in the region.
Essity's Capital Region operations employ more than 300 people in South Glens Falls, Greenwich and Saratoga Springs.
"The demand for our products is at an unprecedented level," said Amy Bellcourt, Essity's vice president of communications. "At the same time, we knew that Living Resources was facing a unique situation, and we were happy to help in this small way."
* Drive-in confessions to begin
Rev. Matthew H. Frisoni, pastor at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, St. Adalbert Church and St. Paul the Apostle Church, will begin "drive-in" confessions on Saturday at St. Paul the Apostle.
Church officials have canceled services, opened houses of worship for private prayer and streamed services to home computers. The confession option is a new idea.
In a letter to parishioners, Frisoni said the confessions would take place in the rectory garage from 3 until 4 p.m.
"To protect myself with the six-foot boundary between me and another person, you'll be able to drive up to the rectory garage in the parking lot, where I will be seated," Frisoni wrote in the letter. "There, you can make your confession seated in your vehicle and receive absolution.
"One car at a time will come forward to the rectory garage," Frisoni added. "Cars will line up and be held back to ensure confidentiality."
* Rainbows rampant
The Facebook group "518 Rainbow Hunt -- Spreading Rainbows Worldwide," keeps expanding. By late Tuesday afternoon, 57,211 people had joined the club, which promotes rainbow art on houses, driveways and in front yards.
Scotia's Kristyn Dayter started the group last week, and watched as membership steadily increased nationally and internationally.
Niskayuna cookie baker Kelly Trimarchi is also part of the rainbow connection. She owns the small business "Kelly's Cookies."
"I’ve loved seeing everyone’s creative rainbows and how they are taking so many different forms," Trimarchi said in an email note. "I was inspired by my friend, Nisky neighbor and fellow small business owner, Lee Owens, and her contribution to the rainbow hunt."
Trimarchi has made rainbow-decorated cookies and wants to give them away on her page, Kelly’s Cookies.
"I’ve asked my followers to nominate someone they think deserves some cookies during this crazy time," Trimarchi wrote. "Reading the comments is so uplifting and I’ve loved seeing people share so much love and kindness."
Contact staff writer Jeff Wilkin at 518-641-8400 or at [email protected]
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