Fidelis Care Distributes Over 60,000 School Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment Items Statewide

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NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2020

Local health plan supports families and children during the start of the school year

NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Fidelis Care is helping families statewide by providing over 60,000 free school supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items. The health insurer is working with schools, local community groups, and providers to distribute resources such as face masks, hand sanitizer, backpacks, and pencil kits.

Fidelis Care Earns NCQA Health Plan Accreditation (PRNewsfoto/Fidelis Care)
Fidelis Care Earns NCQA Health Plan Accreditation (PRNewsfoto/Fidelis Care)

Streetside, Fidelis Care’s fleet of mobile offices, is also visiting local communities, providing the school supplies and PPE.

“During these unprecedented times, Fidelis Care is especially proud to support local students as the new school year begins,” said Pam Hassen, Chief Member Engagement Officer. “Whether students are learning from home or in school, their health and safety is our first priority, and we’re pleased to provide assistance on a grassroots, community level.”

From Buffalo to Long Island, and everywhere in between, Fidelis Care is connecting with schools and community organizations to help families and children.

“Long Island Head Start thanks Fidelis Care for their generous donations of school supplies,” said Ana Figueroa, Long Island Head Start Parent Supervisor. “This year may look a little different, but Fidelis Care and Long Island Head Start continue to have a shared commitment to the communities we serve.”

About Fidelis Care:

Fidelis Care is a mission-driven health plan offering quality, affordable coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life. With more than two-million members statewide, Fidelis Care believes that all New Yorkers should have access to quality, affordable health coverage. For more information, call Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547)

a rocky beach: nasa moon kit

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nasa moon kit

  • NASA wants to know what personal items you’d bring along with you if you got to go on a trip to the Moon.
  • You’re encouraged to tweet a pic of your “Moon Kit” with the hashtag #NASAMoonKit for the chance to be featured by NASA’s social media accounts.
  • You can choose to pick whatever items you want, or you can try to fit them into NASA’s “Expert Mode” which means you can only use as much space as a real astronaut gets for personal belongings.

Unless you’re one of the very few people that is deemed worthy of donning a NASA spacesuit, there’s pretty much no chance that you (or I) will ever be headed to the Moon. That’s fine as far as I’m concerned since I get nervous just flying a few hours and could definitely not handle a rocket launch, but NASA is still curious what items folks like you and I would take with us if we were ever to actually travel to Earth’s big pale satellite.

NASA is putting the call out for people to post their own must-have Moon kits on social media. You can post your choices along with the hashtag #NASAMoonKit for the chance to be featured by NASA’s own social media accounts. However, there are a few rules.

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There are two “modes” you can choose from for the contest. If you don’t feel like getting too intense you can simply post a photo of your Moon Kit without worrying about the size of the items in your secret stash. However, if you want to try the “Expert Mode” you can post a kit that abides by NASA’s own rules regarding how much space an astronaut’s personal items can

A Baltimore City Department of Transportation employee stored personal items inside a department facility and then sold them, according to a report by the Office of the Inspector General.

a close up of a sign: Baltimore City Department of Transportation

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Baltimore City Department of Transportation

The city agency said in the report issued Wednesday that it started investigating after receiving a complaint. While investigating, the inspector general said, the office found furniture, a slot machine, a bench press and weights, among other items inside a DOT facility. The items were sold online and photographed in the hallways of the facility, the report said, and the placement of furniture violated Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.


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Some DOT employees didn’t know the city’s property disposal process when handling surplus items from closed buildings, the report found.

A supervisor who was involved and the alleged employee were disciplined, according to an attached memo from a deputy administrator. The memo also said all DOT employees were reminded to not store personal items at facilities, block entrances, dispose of items without permission or use exercise equipment.

During an inspector general interview, the employee confirmed that they stored items at the facility from their personal hauling business, the report said, and sold them online on personal time.

The items were reviewed by the inspector general but it “could not conclusively determine” whether the items belonged to Baltimore City. However, the employee’s supervisor said a set of exercise weights was obtained while cleaning out a city building.

The supervisor told the agency that instead of discarding the weights, they were brought back to the facility for employees to use. The employee said they did not know about the policy for the removal process for surplus property, which says that the Bureau of Procurement’s City Purchasing Agent

LONGMEADOW—Responding to the need for diapers, wipes, tampons, pads and incontinence items among area people in need, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Temple Beth El are conducting another Longmeadow Loves Donation Drive through October.

“We’ve heard from our partners that they’re seeing an increase in demand, and food pantries seeing increased demand have told us they don’t have space for personal care items as they try to keep up with demand for food,” said the Rev. Charlotte H. LaForest, St. Andrew’s rector and one of the founders of the drive. “Public schools and public libraries are another place where people might seek out this kind of assistance. They were completely shut down last spring, and though some school districts have reopened in a reduced capacity, supplying these products often falls to the nurses to supply out of their own pocket. We would love to help supply schools and libraries and are exploring partnerships in these areas.”

There is a donation bin at St. Andrew’s behind the church near the back parking lot throughout October, and there will be an information booth and collection site at the St. Andrew’s Annual Pumpkins and Pets on the Hill on Oct. 10.

Anyone who brings a Longmeadow Loves donation to Pumpkins and Pets will receive a free raffle ticket for the raffle basket.

People can support the project also by shopping online at

“Different types of products needed are listed on the Target registry,” LaForest said. “We’ve chosen to list primarily Target brand on the registry because they are the best value, but any brand would be great.”

Contributions to the May Longmeadow Loves Donation Drive exceeded expectations with donors from throughout Western Massachusetts. “Anyone with the link can order from the registry, so participation is easy, and those who preferred to