In Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Springs Lions Club’s second annual food drive collected over 3,400 pounds of food and personal care items, along with $200 in cash, during an event on Jan. 15. The “Because Hunger Doesn’t End With the Holidays” campaign is designed to help restock local food pantries after the holidays. Among those receiving donations were the Salvation Army, Franklin Community Center, St. Clements, Shelters of Saratoga, and the Wilton and EOC food pantries. Area Price Chopper, Market 32 and Hannaford supermarket management, staff and customers were among the big providers of donations. Members of the Lions Club and the Saratoga High School Leos Club accepted the donations.
In Esperance, women knitted wool winter hats to deliver to participants in the Women’s Marches held regionally and in Washington, D.C., over the weekend to demonstrate in support of women’s rights. Former state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk hosted a recent knitting event at her craft store. As part of the national Pussyhat Project, crafters knitted the pink-shaded winter hats and either shipped them or personally delivered them to marchers, both as a sign of unity and to keep them warm during their demonstrations.
In the Capital Region, hundreds of volunteer bell ringers helped raise over $122,000 over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to help the Salvation Army in its efforts to provide food for food pantries and other services for the poor and area youth. The figure fell short of this year’s annual goal of $145,000, which means the Salvation Army might have to cut back on some programs in order to continue providing meals for families in need. But the shortfall doesn’t diminish the efforts of those who volunteered to ring bells and collect money, often in cold, rainy, snowy weather. It also doesn’t diminish the generosity of the many people who contributed to the campaign. Officials from the Salvation Army expect to continue their efforts next year and hope to get more people to volunteer as holiday bell ringers.
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