In Ballston Spa, members of Saratoga County 4-H are making sure the poor and less fortunate have warm winter clothing this year. During the fall and winter months, Saratoga County 4-H partners with area libraries and community centers to distribute winter weather clothing, including gloves, hats and scarves, to members of our community in need. Collected items are placed on the Mitten Tree, this year located at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Items are also donated to local organizations, including the Saratoga County EOC and the Salvation Army. Members of the Saratoga County 4-H Teen Council also showed support and appreciation for our military heroes by teaming up with Clifton Park non-profit #HicksStrong to paint “Hug Mugs.” The mugs are distributed to active-duty military members and veterans. For more information about HicksStrong, visit https://www.hicksstrong.org/. For more information on Saratoga County 4H, call 518-885-8995 or visit http://ccesaratoga.org/.
In Schenectady, Schenectady ARC recently recognized some of those who’ve dedicated so much time and resources to serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The organization formally recognized Rivers Casino, Bruce and Lorraine McConnelee, CDPHP and VistaLab Technologies for their support of ARC services. It also recognized Alyson Ligon as employee of the year with the prestigious Schiff Award. Ligon, a registered nurse, serves as director of Clinical and Nursing Services for Schenectady ARC.
In Ballston Spa, Ballston Spa National Bank recently partnered with Saratoga County EOC to distribute more than 1,000 turkey baskets at four sites last weekend. Through much of November, the bank collected donations to area charities from patrons at local bank branches and matched the donations up to $2,500. And through Dec. 12, the bank is accepting, at all 13 branches, donations of new unwrapped toys that will be donated to Toys for Tots.
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