In Niskayuna, a group of 50 young girls are raising money to place wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers. The American Heritage Girls Troop NY 2222, which is chartered out of Trinity Baptist Church in Niskayuna, is participating in the national Wreaths Across America, which this year hopes to place more than 1.2 million wreaths at more than 1,200 grave sites of military men and women. The local effort, in which the girls are selling 10 wreaths each, will result in wreaths being placed at the Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery in Saratoga. From this and other efforts, the cemetery hopes to have enough wreaths this holiday season for 10,000 graves. The wreaths sold locally will be placed at the cemetery in December.
In Saratoga Springs, more than 100 people dressed up as their favorite superheros to raise money for police officers and the fight against cancer as part of the inaugural SuperHeroesRace in Saratoga Spa State Park. The event featured two races, a 2K for kids and a 5K for adults. The money raised from the event, organized by Tim Cronin of Clifton Park, will benefit the Blue Lives Matter NYC charity, which raises money for police officers and their families, and the Albany-based Anne’s Quest Foundation, which raises funds for cancer awareness and education, as well money as to assist with the quality of life and financial support of those touched by the disease, according to its website. The foundation is named after Anne S. Rosenthal, a local resident who lost her battle with colon cancer in 2007. To learn more about Blue Lives Matter NYC and make a donation, visit bluelivesmatternyc.org. For information and donations for Anne’s Quest Foundation, visit annesquest.org.
In Schenectady, marchers turned out to support the fight against rape, domestic violence and sexual assault as part of the Schenectady YWCA’s annual Take Back the Night March. The event, held in Schenectady for more than 15 years, is designed to make a statement against such violence and to raise awareness of it. The event is held during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and participants wore purple to show support for the effort.
In Clifton Park, a week-long effort begins today to help collect food for the CAPTAIN’s food pantry by allowing people to donate nonperishable items at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library in exchange for a forgiveness of library fines, up to $5. The 11th annual event, which coincides with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, also allows contributors to donate food in exchange to have another randomly selected individual’s overdue book fines reduced. The event runs through Nov. 5. Visit the library circulation desk for more information.
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