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HIGH NOTES: Gift cards, help for health care workers, rainbows

HIGH NOTES: Gift cards, help for health care workers, rainbows

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities
HIGH NOTES: Gift cards, help for health care workers, rainbows
Kara Reilly, 11 of Saratoga Springs, fixes her “8” on her chalk #518rainbow outside her home in Saratoga Springs
Photographer: Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer

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In Albany, medical students at Albany Medical Center’s medical college are doing their part to help the medical professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic by offering to help with their household duties, including running errands, pet-sitting, grocery shopping and watching the children of any employee of the medical center. The students have set up a website, https://www.albanydocsitters.org/, where healthcare professionals can go to obtain services and where volunteers can offer to help. The website includes an explanation of the services the students are willing to provide and easy-to-follow links for medical professionals and volunteers.

In Malta, the charitable foundation for computer-chip maker GlobalFoundries is helping the Malta and Stillwater communities during the coronavirus crisis by donating grocery store gift cards in Malta and helping fill backpacks and food pantries for families in Stillwater and Mechanicville. In Malta, the company foundation’s Malta arm is donating up to $50,000 for the town of Malta to purchase $100 grocery store gift cards to Hannaford and Price Chopper/Market32. During an initial distribution of gift cards, the town handed out 250 cards, and will purchase another 250 as needed. GlobalFoundries’ Stillwater foundation plans to make grants to the Stillwater school district food backpack program, which feeds students in need, and the community food pantries in Mechanicville and Stillwater.

In Scotia, resident Kristyn Dayter is spreading joy and sunshine throughout the community by encouraging Facebook members to share rainbows for kids to seek as part of a fun scavenger hunt. The 518 Rainbow Hunt features residents throughout the 518 area code displaying rainbows on their homes for kids to find. People are encouraged to make a rainbow display, take a photo of it and post it on the Facebook page, tagging it to a street or neighborhood so kids can find them as they walk or ride through their communities. Displays have been as simple as construction paper rainbows in windows, to chalk drawings on driveways and sidewalks, to elaborate light displays. As of Sunday, more than 86,600 people worldwide had joined the effort. To see the rainbows or to join in the fun, go to Facebook and search for 518 Rainbow Hunt - Spreading Rainbows Worldwide.

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