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30 Days of Giving 2020, Day 20: SUNY Poly Delivers Joy to Mohawk Valley Health Care Workers

2 healthcare workers stand in hospital hallway with gft basket in hand

SUNY Poly’s College of Health Sciences is helping to spread cheer to Mohawk Valley health care workers through the donation of gift baskets and notes of encouragement.

Utica Coffee Roasting Co. partnered with the college last week to donate baskets that contained bags of assorted coffees, Hershey’s Kisses, pens, and encouraging messages to workers at hospitals in the cities of Rome and Utica. The donations were delivered to Rome Memorial Hospital, and John Forbes, vice president of philanthropy for the MVHS Foundation, came to SUNY Poly to pick up the donations on Friday, April 17.

“The College of Health Sciences is proud to assist healthcare workers at Faxton St. Luke’s, St. Elizabeth’s and Rome Memorial Hospital who are tirelessly working to restore the health of those affected by COVID-19,” said Dr. Kathleen Rourke, Dean of the College of Health Sciences. “A little joy can go a long way and we are happy to have partnered with Utica Coffee Roasters who will be matching our donations.”

This effort came as SUNY Poly faculty, staff, and students provided thousands of face shields to local frontline workers; more information is available here:




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