In Saratoga Springs, an $8,000 donation from the United Way of the Greater Capital Region will help Code Blue Saratoga better serve the needs of the area's homeless. Code Blue, which helps provide emergency shelter and meals during frigid winter weather, is hoping to raise $32,000 for a drop-in shelter that would be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The drop-in center would provide not only a place for people to get out of the cold, but counseling, employment services and other assistance. Visit www.unitedtoconquer.org for more information and to donate to the fund-raiser.
In Saratoga County, the Chamber of Commerce took advantage of 2016's extra day at the end of February to promote public service. The "Leap of Kindness" Day on Leap Day, Feb. 29, brought out school children, businesses, public officials and individuals to perform acts of kindness throughout the county. Senior citizens, local food pantries, homeless shelters, abandoned animals, members of the military and medical patients were among those who benefited from donations of food, gifts, money and time spent as part of the event.
In Gloversville, the Gloversville Police Department and the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES in Johnstown are working together to give new life to old, unused items seized by police over the years from criminal investigations. For instance, students are using lamps, barrels, piping and other material seized from marijuana-growing operations to grow fish and cultivate vegetables indoors. Other recovered items, such as tennis rackets and old bicycles, are being recycled for parts or donated for use in local recreation programs.
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