Local nonprofit Regan’s Acts of Kindness has announced it’s bringing smiles to the faces of more than 1,000 children and adults, thanks to the generous response to its 2020 Regan’s Ornament Drive.
The annual event got off to a slow start due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with the help of social media and an Amazon Wish List, donations started pouring in. The record was 36 separate boxes delivered in one day.
Ornaments are being given to babies born at St. Joseph’s Health Hospital, Albany Medical Center in Albany, and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Hundreds more are being handed out to children who are patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Upstate Cancer Center and Joslin Diabetes Center in Syracuse. Still more are going to residents at the Nottingham Assisted and Independent Living, Vera House, McKinley Brighton Elementary School, and Tillie’s Touch.
Regan’s Acts of Kindness (“ree-gan’s”) is a 501c3 charity started after 3-year old Regan Shetsky was hit by a car and killed in her nursery school parking lot in Eastwood. Jan. 4 is the fourth anniversary of her death.
For more information, visit regansactsofkindness.com or follow it on Facebook.
Photo: Kelly Quinn Shetsky started Regan’s Acts of Kindness after her 3-year old daughter, Regan Shetsky, was hit by a car and killed in her nursery school parking lot in Eastwood. The nonprofit distributes Christmas ornaments to more than 1,000 children and adults.