In Mechanicville, residents have started a local chapter of a national nonprofit organization that builds and delivers free beds for families with kids in need. The newest chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace got off to a busy start recently in Saratoga Springs, with volunteers getting together to cut wood for headboards and frames, assemble the bunk beds, equip them with mattresses and linens, and deliver them to families in the Capital District who requested them. Sleep in Heavenly Peace is an Idaho-based group that has grown quickly into 137 chapters in 40 states, including two chapters in New York. Volunteers and donations of money and mattresses are needed. For information on Sleep in Heavenly Peace and for how to donate and volunteer, visit: https://www.shpbeds.org.
In Saratoga Springs, dozens of bicyclists came together to help raise money for a national organization that helps local students compete in bike racing. The 5th Annual Saratoga Fat Bike Rally was held in Saratoga Spa State Park on Saturday. Cyclists competed on fat-wheeled bikes in a one-mile crit-style race, which involves racing around a closed loop multiple times. The event also featured food, beverages, a raffle and other sponsored activities. The rally raises money to benefit the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, helping support the Grey Ghost NICA team of 20 to 30 Capital District students from grades 6-12. For more information on NICA, visit https://www.nationalmtb.org/.
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