CLIFTON PARK — Ian Anderson is asking that his autograph seekers not come empty-handed to an event this weekend.
The World Series champion pitcher for the Atlanta Braves has teamed with the town to collect items to donate to local service organizations.
Anderson, a graduate of Shenendehowa High School, is scheduled to sign autographs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center on the Clifton Common.
The items will be given to the Jonesville United Methodist Church’s Helping Hands Food Pantry; CAPTAIN Community Human Services; Wellspring, a domestic violence and sexual assault services resource for Saratoga County residents; and Shenendehowa’s kindergarten through Grade 12 Bountiful Backpack Program.
Attendees can bring an item to be signed, or Anderson will have a limited number of photographs to sign and provide. One autograph per person will be honored.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to support people in our community who need assistance during this difficult period of time,” Anderson said in a statement. “I am honored to contribute to the tremendous work performed by many people each day to make our community a great place to live.”
Andy Gilpin, the executive director of CAPTAIN Community Human Services, said the organization is “incredibly thankful” for Anderson and the town’s effort to support the agency’s emergency food pantry and help it meet the needs of low-income families in Saratoga County.
Gilpin noted the “dramatic increase” in the number of people coming in for food during the pandemic.
He estimated 3,500 people came to the emergency food pantry in 2021, a slight uptick from 2020. People come multiple times a month, he said.
“It’s remained steady, where people need continued help with food insecurity issues,” Gilpin said.
Gilpin will attend Saturday’s donation collection effort to represent his organization, and because his 11-year-old stepson is a baseball fanatic.
“He’s really looking forward to it,” the director said. “He’s collecting up his food items now and he’s going to come with me and we’ll spend the day there.”
Clifton Park Town Supervisor Philip Barrett, who is recovering from a positive test for COVID-19, said he is hopeful he will be able to attend on Saturday.
Barrett said he appreciates Anderson partnering with the town to help people in the community.
“We are proud of Ian’s athletic accomplishments, character, and desire to help people in our community,” Barrett said. “Ian is an inspiration to many, demonstrating how hard work and determination can lead to realizing your dreams.”
It is suggested that attendees bring for donation: large-sized toiletries; cleaning supplies; garbage bags; laundry detergent; paper towels; toilet paper; sponges; baby wipes; diapers; shaving supplies; deodorant; body lotion; soap; Q-tips; tissues; toothbrushes and toothpaste; shampoo and conditioner;.
Suggested food and beverage items include rice; tea; coffee; peanut butter; cereal; oatmeal; canned fruit; pancake mix; maple syrup; granulated sugar; granola bars; canned vegetables; boxed pasta; pasta sauce; canned beans; canned tuna; juice; bottled water; pretzels; popcorn; pasta sauce.
Contact reporter Brian Lee at [email protected] or 518-419-9766.
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