Month: December 2020

Coronavirus survivor receives drive-by celebration

first_img“I was totally shocked because I knew nothing of this at all. My daughter did say the neighbor is going to come by and talk to us in the driveway but that, that was going to be it. But I couldn’t believe it, I still can’t believe it,” said Sandy Polakovich. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Sandy Polakovich recently lost her husband, Bill Polakovich, who was the first individual in Broome County to pass away from COVID-19. After contracting the virus herself, Sandy spent days in the hospital on a ventilator. She was eventually able to beat it and return home. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.center_img “I’m just honored really, it’s a miracle that mom is here with us. Unfortunately we lost my father a few weeks ago, but it’s very touching,” said Sandy’s daughter, Lisa Gallagher. On Saturday, over 70 cars filled with family and friends drove from the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City to Sandy’s house to celebrate. last_img read more

See what churches are giving resources in response to COVID-19

first_img“The Valley United Presbyterian Church (459 Park Ave, Waverly, NY) is continuing to offer a drive-thru food distribution on Tuesdays between 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. (time is assigned) through the end of May. Registration is required the Sat/Sun/Mon prior to the respective Tuesday give-away by calling 570-888-8244.The Waverly United Methodist Church (158 Chemung St., Waverly, NY) is partnering with Catholic Charities and hosting Drive-through Friday Food Distributions which includes emergency supplies of personal care items. Dates are May 1, May 15, and May 29. Supplies are limited. Pre-registration is required by 2:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before each event – please call Patrick at 607-302-2745.In addition, Waverly UMC will be sponsoring a free community drive-through meal Thursday May 7 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. First come first serve. Menu includes homemade goulash. (607-565-8650).In partnership with St. John Lutheran Church, the Church of the Redeemer, (201 S Wilbur Ave, Sayre, PA – Episcopal) is re-imagining it’s Community Supper on April 30 by offering grocery gift cards instead. As cards are limited, each individual may receive $25 per person up to $150 per household. Priority is given to Community Supper regulars and those recently unemployed. Pre-registration is required. Call 607-846-1692. Cards will be distributed in the Church of the Redeemer parking lot on April 30 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.Athens United Methodist Church (118 South Main St. Athens, PA) is continuing the Feed My Sheep Food Pantry on the 2nd and 5th Thursdays of the month (Note: not every month has a 5th Thursday) for those residing in the Athens and Sayre School Districts. (570) 888-2241.Hours: 9:00 a.m. to Noon and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Presently, people are being directed through the parking lot to persons who will check their name/photo ID. New clients will be asked limited questions so that bags can be filled for their family size. Traffic flow will take to a stop where the vehicle’s trunk can be popped open and groceries will be placed inside. Traffic flow will then lead people from the parking lot.At the 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. time slot, a dinner stop will be added to the flow with takeout containers being placed in vehicles as food bags were placed.The Sayre Christian Church (427 S. Keystone Ave, Sayre) has funds available for help with groceries and gas on an as-needed basis. People can call the church at 570-888-2683 so a determination of need can be made and arrange for gift card pick-up.” In a press release, the Valley Clergy Association Church Mission lists various churches in the area offering food and other resources for community members. The list is as follows: (WBNG) — The Valley Clergy Association Church Mission has provided information regarding resources from local churches. last_img read more