Serino, Molinaro team up to aid healthcare providers

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HYDE PARK – State Senator Sue Serino (R, Hyde Park) and Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro have announced a donation drive to support those caring for the children of first responders, healthcare providers, and essential workers as part of an expansion of the County’s ongoing “Dutchess Responds” initiative.

In partnership with the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc., donated items such as paper towels, disinfecting wipes, and masks will be delivered to area childcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In the midst of this current crisis, our childcare facilities are going above and beyond to care for the children of those on the front lines,” said Serino. “The last thing they should have to worry about is where to find the supplies they need to maintain safe and healthy facilities. Our community comes together in incredible ways when needed most, and this is an opportunity to help support those who are providing a critical service to so many of our essential workers.”

Dutchess County Government has been assisting local childcare providers with emergency supply needs through its Central Services Division, including providing paper towels, cleaning supplies, and personal protective equipment. However, there continues to be a need for these and other supplies at local childcare centers, sand the senator.

“Since coronavirus first touched Dutchess County in March, numerous sectors of our community — individuals, organizations and businesses — have donated resources and supplies to show how #DutchessResponds during difficult times like these,” said County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

The Child Care Council is most in need of:

adult-sized face masks

disinfecting wipes

paper towels

gloves

bleach

toilet paper

Donations can be dropped off, by appointment only, at the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc.’s office, located at 301 Manchester Road in Poughkeepsie. Individuals should call the office at 845-473-4141 ext. 210 to schedule a drop-off time.