In Duanesburg, elementary school students this year helped prepare care packages for soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of an ongoing school project. The project started eight years ago when the kids teamed up with Marine veteran William Carlson and his wife, Marcia, to prepare the care packages. The Carlsons started their own effort shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The packages prepared by students are sent to the Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany, where they're given to wounded soldiers. In addition to collecting items, the school children also raise money to help offset the cost of shipping.
In Albany, students at the University at Albany helped add to local burn victim Safy're Terry's enjoyment of the holidays this year by providing her with a specially designed prosthetic arm and hand fashioned from a 3D printer. Safy're lost a portion of her right arm shortly after the 2013 fire that claimed her father and three siblings and left her with severe burns. The large blue device, which is powered by the 8-year-old's elbow muscles, is part of the e-NABLE project, which involves several colleges, including U-Albany, in the making of 3D prosthetic devices. Students and faculty at the school's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences fabricated the device, and it was presented to Safy're shortly before Christmas.
In the Capital Region, customers of Stewart’s Shops helped raise nearly $1.75 million from Thanksgiving through Christmas to help children in need. The annual matching program collected $870,000 in a one-month period. That amount was matched by the company and is being distributed to 1,600 children's organizations. Since its inception in 1986, the company's Holiday Match has allocated more than $22 million. Last year, it raised $1.54 million; this year's donation represents a 12 percent increase over last year.
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