In Albany, University at Albany students raised nearly $3,000 for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry as part of UAlbany Hunger Awareness night by donating a swipe of their meal cards to help stock the pantry’s shelves with canned goods, fresh produce, meat and dairy products. The food pantry is on Madison Avenue, near the UAlbany campus and the surrounding neighborhood where many off-campus students live. So in part, the donation is helping support fellow students who, because of the cost of tuition and room-and-board, can’t afford to feed themselves without assistance. A partnership between the UAlbany, the Albany chapter of United University Professions and the food pantry was started last year to support the food pantry and to educate students about its availability to them.
In the Capital Region, Stewart’s Shops is teaming up with the American Red Cross to help boost the summer blood supply by offering free pints of ice cream to first-time blood donors. Blood donations traditionally taper off during the summer, as people go on vacation and venues for hosting donations such as high schools and colleges, a regular source of blood donors, are closed for the summer. Last year, the Give A Pint, Get a Pint campaign helped generate 6,000 units of blood. If you are eligible to donate blood and you want to trade a pint of your blood for a pint of Stewart’s ice cream, go online and find a blood drive near you.
In Niskayuna, about 400 people helped raise more than $31,000 in the fight against cancer as part of the communities’ sixth annual Relay for Life at Niskayuna High School. Participants from 32 teams walked through the night over 10 hours as part of the event, which benefited the American Cancer Society. Among those participating were a number of cancer survivors and family members and friends of victims. The Niskayuna event is entirely organized by students of the school, which makes the turnout and organization of the event even more impressive.
In Saratoga Springs, more than 1,500 motorcyclists and cyclists and over 400 volunteers helped raise money for the fight against diabetes as part of the annual Saratoga Tour de Cure. The event features rides of between 10 and 100 miles, with the longest route taking tour riders from Spa State Park up and around the Great Sacandaga Lake. Proceeds from this event and events like it around the nation help raise money for the American Diabetes Association.
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