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HIGH NOTES: Food for families, baking for military, poems, PPEs

HIGH NOTES: Food for families, baking for military, poems, PPEs

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities

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High Notes is a regular weekly feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations, schools and colleges, and businesses. We know in addition to what kind citizens do to help every day of the year, many people are also doing special things for their communities during the coronavirus crisis. If you know of anyone who should be celebrated for any reason, please send your suggestions to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected] so we can recognize their efforts on our pages. Thank you.

In Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is helping local families in need by collecting non-perishable food items and pet food to donate to local food banks and animal shelters. Contributors are asked to place items in a box or bag at the end of their driveways or sidewalks with a donation note. Patrols will come along and pick up the items, honking their horns or turning on their sirens to say thanks. Collected items will be kept at the Sheriff’s Office until deliveries can be made. To donate or for more information, email the Sheriff’s Office at [email protected] or call (518) 853-5500 and provide your address. 

In Galway, the Galway Public Library is celebrating spring and helping people share their observations during this period of social isolation by inviting patrons to write poems about what they observe in their homes, neighborhoods and backyards. All ages are invited to write a line or two, or even several stanzas, on what they’ve found, including any acts of kindness. Poems and photographs will be posted on the library’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/galwaypubliclib/, and its website, https://www.galwaypubliclibrary.org. To submit a poem, send it to [email protected] or post it as a guest on the Facebook page. Poems will be collected all during April, which is National Poetry Month.

In the Capital Region and beyond, a group of about 400 West Point moms is helping brighten the days of our military by baking goodies and mailing them to soldiers. The moms normally send CARE packages each month to deployed soldiers. But some have begun sending packages to hospital staff at military bases within the United States during the coronavirus outbreak. The moms — who have sent out thousands of packages since they started the effort in 2011 — bake, package and mail the goods at their own expense. They don’t seek funds or recognition, nor do they advertise. 

In the Capital Region and the state, New York teachers and staff are leading an effort to collect and donate protective gear such as masks, gloves and cleaning supplies to frontline medical staff. Many school buildings have personal protective equipment (PPEs), used in technology and science classes, sitting unused. 
In the Capital Region, district donations are being coordinated by Capital Region BOCES and BOCES Questar III and will be delivered to county health agencies and hospitals.

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