SARATOGA SPRINGS — Residents of The Summit at Saratoga, an independent living community for seniors, recently donated 70 scarves and non-perishable items to the Code Blue shelter.
Christy Durant, community manager at The Summit, said a staff member saw information on Facebook about the nationwide “Share a Scarf” drive, by which scarves are made for the homeless.
"We thought it would be something wonderful to bring to our community," she said.
Durant added that 15 to 20 people in the facility's Social Knitting and Crocheting Club spent several weeks knitting the scarves.
"They had a lot of fun doing it," she said. "It supports who we are and what our community is all about, which is aging gracefully, keeping busy and giving back."
The Code Blue shelter serves as a walk-in emergency homeless shelter that provides a hot meal and a safe place to sleep when temperatures dip below 32 degrees, in accordance with state law.
Director Cheryl Ann Murphy-Parant said the donation is "hugely helpful."
"These are things residents can use when they have to leave us, and it helps keep the program running," she said.
Murphy-Parant added that as the weather gets colder, the shelter is lucky to receive donations.
"The colder it gets, the more people remember us," she said. "While people in this area are very generous, we could always use more, because it's been extra cold this season."
The shelter has been at capacity almost every night since it opened, on Nov. 7.
Murphy-Parant said the shelter is always in need of volunteers, as well as items such as paper plates, plastic silverware, cups, paper towels, toliet paper and cleaning supplies.