Food pantries in the Capital Region supply a lot of demand year-round. However, special circumstances sometimes add to the pressure.
Right now, Code Blue weather emergencies and the temporary partial federal government shutdown reportedly are pushing more people than usual to seek assistance from the pantries. So, as SRC member Shannon Romanowski informs us, the local YMCA branches and the CP Com Federal Credit Union are making an effort to help, and are asking members of the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club to assist in the effort.
Through Thursday, February 28, YMCA locations such as those in East Greenbush and Troy will serve as drop-off locations, as will all CAP COM branch locations. They will be accepting non-perishable food items and personal care items.
Items in high demand:
Obviously, any other non-perishable food and personal hygiene items (diapers, oral care, feminine hygiene products, powdered milk, uncooked pastas, canned fruits and sauces, etc., would be helpful.
Food and funds will be distributed to benefit the following locations in Rensselaer County and elsewhere:
• Hope 7 Community Center, Troy
• Joseph’s House, Troy
• Unity House, Troy
• Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, Albany
• Food Pantries for The Capital District, Albany
The deadline is this Thursday to contribute “personal hygiene kits” to the annual Circle of Mercy family efforts we at the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club augment in many ways.
It’s a simple matter to be involved in this one. All you have to do is shop for items on the list below that we’ve circulated to you numerous times, put them in one-gallon Ziploc plastic bags, and drop them off at this Thursday’s meeting or with another Rotarian you are positive will attend that meeting, the deadline for helping.
PERSONAL HYGIENE KIT / CIRCLES OF MERCY
Each kit should contain all the items below and be small enough to fit into a backpack pocket with ease. Odorless products are best due to allergies. Items to be placed in Glad-brand Zip Lock heavy duty bags (the one gallon size). All should be travel-sized containers:
small first-aid kit (i.e. assorted Band-Aids and antiseptic such as Neosporin)
very small travel-size sewing kit (minimum thread and needle)
soap or body wash
lip balm (such as Chapstick)
combs, brushes and hair bands
Thanks so much for your participation. You’ll see this is an especially easy way for those of you who seldom attend dinner meetings or participate in service projects to get involved at minimum cost and effort.
Thanks to all you do.
Ray Hannan wins the (imaginary) prize for being the first SRC member to respond to the request for pledges for our annual “Adopt-a-Family” for the holidays project. Thank you, Ray!
Wonder who will be next? Maybe it will be you. Or, if you didn’t get around to reading your email yet, simply click here to catch up on what we’re doing for our annual push and what you can do to be part of it.
We sincerely need all our SRC members to get involved in one way or another — by purchasing items on our two-person family’s wish list or by putting together a batch of personal hygiene kits from the shopping list we’ve provided to you. Please just let us know ASAP what you plan to do by emailing us a note to SRCrotary@gmail.com.
The hard deadline for donating items is Thursday, December 13. We’ll be collecting your donations between now and then and then delivering them to Circles of Mercy.
Thanks for all you do.
Bill & April Dowd
Adopt-a-Family project coordinators
We’re headed into the major holiday season, a time of family, friends, and celebration. It also is a time for sharing, and once again the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club will be involved in making the season a happier one for some of those less fortunate.
We are again partnering with Circles of Mercy to adopt a family, but this year with a couple of twists. The family we’ve been assigned is a small one — just a mother and one child. However, a second family, consisting of parents and three kids, will be adopted by Columbia High School in its first year of involvement in this effort.
The other change is that SRC will be creating individual personal hygiene kits for as many people as possible — a target number is 50 to 100 kits. These simple items are distributed to many people during the winter by Circles of Mercy. Details on kit contents and our two-person family and what they need is shown below.
Please be sure to email project coordinator Bill Dowd (email@example.com) ASAP to let him know what aspect of the two-pronged drive you plan to be involved in. If it’s the hygiene kits, let him know how many you will create.
The deadline for turning in gifts (wrapped and tagged with recipients’ names, please!) and personal hygiene kits is at our Thursday, December 13, dinner meeting.
PERSONAL HYGIENE KIT / CIRCLES OF MERCY
Each kit should contain all the items below and be small enough to fit into a backpack pocket with ease. Odorless products are best due to allergies. Items to be placed in Glad-brand zip-lock heavy duty bags (one gallon size). All need to be travel-sized containers of:
- hair conditioner
- dental floss
- breath strips
- small first-aid kit (i.e. assorted Band-Aids and antiseptic such as Neosporin)
- very small travel-size sewing kit (minimum thread and needle)
- soap or bodywash
- hand sanitizer
- lip balm (such as Chapstick)
- combs, brushes and hair bands