In Albany, a 5-year-old boy, with guidance from his aunt and help from his toddler sister, is doing his part to help the homeless by helping prepare and deliver meals to a local homeless facility. Malachi Houze, who will be entering first grade at Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys next month, has been spending Monday mornings during summer vacation making sandwiches and snacks for the homeless with his aunt, Lucinda Grant Griffin, and 2-year-old sister Miy’elle. Since June, the family has prepared about 3,500 sandwiches, along with snacks and water, which they then donate to the Homeless Action Committee’s outreach van. The van delivers meals to the homeless twice each day. Malachi’s aunt, Grant Griffin, was inspired to begin the project after riding around in the outreach van one night and being distressed over what she saw.
In Mechanicville, a local craft-making business is helping women displaced by violence get on their feet by helping them become business owners, both locally and around the world. Beautiful Things is based in an old elementary school on East Street. Kenya native Agnes Pala-Bukhala sells crafts and clothing made by women who have been victimized by violence. Many of these victimized women have skills such as basket-weaving and making clothing that Beautiful Things helps get to market. The craft-makers come from our area, as well as other parts of the world, including India and Thailand. The partnerships created are helping women become entrepreneurs throughout the world. For more information on Beautiful Things, visit: https://worldofbeautifulthings.com.
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