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Here are positive things happening within our community (4/28/20)

PITTSBURGH — We know that the coronavirus pandemic is an overwhelming and stressful time for everybody, so we’re going to put together some positive things that are happening within our community to help those in need.

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It’s apparent that during hard times, the Pittsburgh region always comes together to help one another.

Pittsburgh police officer helps stranded driver

A Pittsburgh police officer helped a driver stranded along Becks Run Road on April 14.

Zone 3 Office Jacob Sprangler drove to the gas station, purchased a gas can to get fuel and got the man safely on his way.

In a Facebook post, Pittsburgh police said, “During the COVID-19 health crisis, Pittsburgh Police would like to remind everyone that, as always, our officers are here to serve, as well as protect.”

Rochester Smokehouse & BBQ serves food to Crescent Township Police Department

Rochester Smokehouse & BBQ brought some food to the Crescent Township Police Department!

The department said it was even keto-friendly for Chief Longerman’s new diet habits.

Thank you Jay Fisher for bringing over some keto-friendly (per Chief Longerman’s new diet habits) goodies from Rochester Smokehouse & BBQ Clearly, Officer Songer couldn’t wait to dig in!

Posted by Crescent Township Police Department on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Payne Glasses/PMEDI donates 1,000 masks to the Salvation Army

PMEDI, a sub-division of Payne Glasses, has donated 1,000 masks to the Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania which will help staff and volunteers stay protected while serving meals and groceries to families and individuals in need across the region.

Baldwin-Whitehall School District Class of 2020 surprised with personalized yard signs

Faculty, staff, and community members from across the Baldwin-Whitehall School District surprised hundreds of students in the Class of 2020 Tuesday by delivering and installing customized yard signs.

Each sign features the student’s name, photo and other details about their senior year.

“As we are all aware, our students are missing numerous milestone moments in their senior year when they abruptly realized that their days of walking the halls of Baldwin High School had come to an end,” said Dr. Randal A. Lutz, Baldwin-Whitehall superintendent.

St. Margaret Foundation gives gift cards to 1900 employees

Nearly 2,000 employees at UPMC St. Margaret received a $25 gift card to Giant Eagle to help them.

The foundation has also helped employees with childcare, boxed lunches and housing for staff who have cared for COVID-19 patients and don’t want to go home to their families.

More than $200,000 raised for Woodland Hills School District’s Chromebook Fund

The Woodland Hills School District has reached its goal of giving every child in the district a Chromebook.

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Last month, the principal of Woodland Hills High School turned to social media for help to get the resources needed to teach students during the pandemic.

The district raised over $200,000 to purchase Chromebooks so that all kids in the district can now have access to online learning.

The Chromebook Fund has officially reached our goal!

Announcing: THE CHROMEBOOK FUND HAS OFFICIALLY REACHED OUR GOAL!!!! Thanks to all of you, we have successfully raised OVER $200,000! That means that because of "The Village", EVERY child in the Woodland Hills School District will now have access to online learning! 100% of your donations are going DIRECTLY towards the purchase of Chromebooks. This would not have happened without the strength and support of the community. Celebrate yourselves!

Posted by Woodland Hills Foundation on Monday, April 27, 2020