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A collective responsibility; a time of sacrifice for all of us

Thank you to those companies, individuals and organizations who are stepping up in our time of need to fight the coronavirus.

We’re referring to the $2 million donation by First Quality, which is Clinton County’s largest private employer and one of Pennsylvania’s most robust job-creators.

FQ recently announced it will disburse the money to hospitals in the markets where its plants are located in Pennsylvania and New York. The firm also will provide funds to the American Red Cross, Central PA Food Bank, Salvation Army, The Love Center and a plethora of other organizations that care for and give to those in need.

“These actions would not be possible without our valued team members. We want to thank all of you for your commitment and dedication to keeping the company operational so that we may play our role in the fight against this pandemic in providing financial assistance and products to our medical professionals and charitable organizations in dire need of our support. We wish you continued good health!” the company said in a statement.

Likewise in our region, Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is committing $1 million to aid COVID-19 relief efforts.

Of the $1 million commitment, $250,000 will go to the American Red Cross as it continues to mobilize efforts to respond to the outbreak, and the remaining $750,000 will provide funding to nonprofits addressing direct needs in the communities across the entire Dominion Energy footprint.

Clinton County nonprofits include Kettle Creek Ambulance Association – $2,500 for the purchase of PPE for EMT’s and first responders, and Renovo Fire Department – $5,000 for the purchase of PPE for staff and patients.

In addition, Dominion Energy is delivering 1,000 N95 masks to the Pennsylvania Department of Health to assist the Department in delivering needed supplies for its COVID-19 response.

“The health and well-being of customers and employees is Dominion Energy’s top priority. We are helping customers and communities we serve during this difficult time by maintaining reliable service and providing support and relief to those affected,” said Dominion Energy Chairman, President and CEO Thomas F. Farrell, II. “Our contributions to these organizations will help provide the means to lessen the impact of this outbreak.”

We probably missed mentioning other companies donating money to help.

Plus, we have been contacted by a number of readers who sought information about where to donate money to help, whether with food banks or charities serving those in need.

And there are those giving money, time and sweat to help others out there.

That we know.

Bless you all.

It is comforting to know that so many people feel a collective responsibility for the well-being of all.

And while we’re at it, Happy Easter to everyone!

To Christians, Easter is very sacred as a time to remember and honor the sacrifice and ultimate act of love.

The coronavirus outbreak is a time of sacrifice for all of us.

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