In the region, Stewart’s Shops in 27 counties in New York are helping to encourage blood donations by offering a free pint of Stewart’s ice cream to donors through the end of June. The nation is experiencing critically low levels of blood due to Covid-19 shutdowns. Community centers, universities, places of worship and other venues where blood drives typically occur have been closed due to the outbreak, resulting in more than 30,000 cancellations of blood drives since mid-March. To sign up for a blood donation appointment, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org.
In Saratoga Springs, a virtual live event held in May raised $8,500 for non-profit organizations in the Saratoga area. Saratoga One For All was organized by Saratoga Network, which worked with Coverbandtv.com to broadcast the event on May 14. The event featured local artists performing from their homes and supporting area non-profit organizations. The event garnered more than 6,000 viewers. Local non-profits highlighted included AIM Services Inc., The Wesley Community, Shelters of Saratoga, the Franklin Community Center, Healing Springs/Prevention Council, Saratoga Center for the Family, Wellsprings and the Saratoga Senior Center. To view the performances and make a donation to the nonprofits featured, visit the Saratoga One For All Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/
In Scotia and Schenectady, Boy Scout Troop 3062, along with Cub Scouts from Pack 3062, recently completed a community service project by giving back to their local fire departments. The Cub Scouts, along with some of the older Scouts, were tasked with making up thank you cards and drawings for the firehouses. The troop and pack also combined money they had raised through their bottle box recycling program to purchase pizza and soda for the firefighters and paramedics of the Scotia Fire Department, as well as Station #1 and #2 of the Schenectady Fire Department. Both the troop and pack have a long history of giving back to their community through the Scouting For Food program in the fall, as well as supporting the Sacandaga Elementary School’s PTA in Scotia.
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