Got gift cards?

Schalmont special ed teacher Cori Kinns has been going nonstop since the Mohawk River ripped up Rotterdam Junction. She’s been coordinating efforts among teachers, aides, school-related professionals and caring citizens for collecting clothes, toiletries, cleaning supplies,  school supplies, and children’s toys. Many people had homes that were destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Irene, including school personnel and students.

The gymnasium of Woestina Elementary School is amazingly organized with donated products neatly piled and labeled, and clothing arranged according to sizes. The Schalmont Teachers Association organized sign-up sheets for shifts in the building, where school personnel are on hand to receive and distribute goods. The school was closed by the district last June because of budget shortfalls, and is now rented to BOCES,which is providing the space.

As space becomes premium, Kinns is hoping that people interested in donating to the hurricane victims here will consider sending gift cards. The cards can  be for grocery stores, department stores, hardware stores, book stores or restaurants, to name a few. All would help flood victims, many of whom are homeless and lost everything.

Donations of gift cards can be mailed to: Cori Kinns, Jefferson Elementary School, 100 Princetown Road, Schenectady, NY 12306. You can also contact her at, by phone at 956-0163.

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