In Saratoga Springs, about 900 runners and walkers from 21 states (including Hawaii) helped raise about $15,000 as part of the annual Mother Lovin’ 5K to benefit Kelly’s Angels. The event, which helps support scholarships and other services to children who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer or other life-threatening illness, is normally held in Spa State Park. But this year, the event was held virtually due to the coronavirus outbreak. Organizer Mark Mulholland, a WNYT reporter and the father of two children, created the charity after the death of his wife, Kelly, in 2007 at the age of 37 due to cancer.
The funds raised from the event, he said, will be especially helpful this year because the organization has expanded its scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Kelly’s Angels will be giving out $21,000 this month to students who have overcome adversity. For more information on Kelly’s Angels and to donate, visit: https://www.kellysangelsinc.org/.
In Saratoga Springs, two members of Girl Scout Troop 3252 have been finding ways to help others during the covid crisis by creating Blessings Boxes, where people can pick up and drop off food and other necessities. The Scouts created four boxes and set them up around the area. The boxes are filled with food and personal care items, with a sign saying, “Take what you need; Leave what you can.” The boxes are located at St. Paul’s Church on Route 29 in Rock City Falls; Middle Grove Church on Middle Grove Road; Middle Grove St. Joseph’s Church on Route 9N; and Greenfield Center First United Methodist Church of Corinth on Main Street in Corinth.
In Galway, local community service organizations plan to serve up critical health supplies along with hot dogs and ice cream as part of Galway Family Health Awareness Day on Saturday, May 30. From noon to 3 p.m. at the Galway Town Park on Route 147, the organizations will be handing out difficult-to-find health supplies like hand-sanitizer and face masks on a drive-through basis to Galway residents for free. To help stock the Greater Galway Food Pantry, the Galway Seniors will be collecting non-perishable food items and paper goods. The event is sponsored and supported by the Galway Seniors, the Galway Town Board, Galway service organizations and the Saratoga County Office for the Aging.
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