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Salem Five Launches Second Annual Holiday Toy Drive

SALEM – The Salem Five Bank is once again working with the Salvation Army, Massachusetts Division to collect new, unboxed toys for needy children in eastern Massachusetts this holiday season.

All Salem Five offices, as well as the Salem Corporate Headquarters and Woburn Insurance Headquarters, will serve as drop-off locations through the end of December. Locations in the Lowell area include Lowell, Billerica, Tewksbury, Wilmington and Bedford.

The Salvation Army will collect the toys and distribute them to children across the region.

“There is no better time than the holiday to help those in need,” said Ping Yin Chai, President and CEO of Salem Five. “Based on the success of last year’s toy drive, we’ve decided to launch another one this year so we can help make the holidays magical for even more young people in our area.”

Many local families have been struggling this year with inflation and the ongoing impact of the pandemic. The Salvation Army remains focused on helping children and families in need so they can have food on the table, Christmas presents to unwrap, and afford to pay the bills to keep them in their homes.

“We are pleased to once again be working with Salem Five to better serve Essex and Middlesex counties this holiday season,” said Major Scott Kelly, general secretary of the Salvation Army, Massachusetts Division. “With Salem Five’s store network and passion for the cause, we anticipate continued strong participation.”

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National Grid Hosts Energy Saving Event for Customers

LOWELL – National Grid is hosting an energy conservation event for customers on November 29th at the Lowell Senior Center.

In a statement announcing the event, the electricity and gas supplier said: “With expected higher energy costs this heating season, planning is now more important than ever.”

National Grid will have experts on hand to help customers explore options and determine eligibility for discount rates, budget accounting arrears, and representatives from multiple agencies who can also provide assistance.

The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 276 Broadway St.

Lowell Community Health Center staff recognized

LOWELL – Padmaja Sastry, Senior Director of Digital Transformation at Lowell Community Health Center, has been recognized as an “Interoperability Hero” by DirectTrust, a nonprofit alliance dedicated to promoting public trust in the exchange of health information.

The Interoperability Hero Initiative recognizes healthcare IT organizations, teams and individuals who are critical in promoting interoperability – the ability of computer or software systems to connect and communicate, making it easier for healthcare providers to share patient information to share with one another, leading to improved efficiency and safety, patient care transitions and reduced health care costs.

Sastry was one of 10 honorees to be recognized as Interoperability Heroes in Q3 2022.