In Schenectady, Quilters United In Learning Together Schenectady (QUILTS) recently donated 161 homemade twin-size quilts to Northern Rivers 2018-2019, a record number. In addition, the QUILTS guild donated 98 Quilts of Valor to those in the Albany Veterans Hospital, also a record for the organization. QUILTS a group of avid quilters who enjoy the design, color, artistry and craft of making quilts, according to its website. The guild was formed in 1980 and has about 120 active members in Schenectady, Saratoga, Albany and surrounding communities. For more information on Quilters United In Learning Together Schenectady, visit https://quiltschenectady.org.
In Amsterdam, a local wholesale distributing company is helping kids in need have the tools they need for a successful school year by donating more than 200 backpacks full of school supplies. Hill & Markes employees collaborated with leading manufacturers such as Essendant, Clorox, Gojo, Cascades and Unfi to collect and fill the backpacks, each of which included an inspirational note. The company donated 100 backpacks to the Greater Amsterdam School District, 50 to Johnstown Elementary School and 50 to the Liverpool school district in Syracuse. Hill & Markes is a 113-year-old family-owned, Amsterdam-based wholesale distributor of ice cream products, janitorial products, food service, packaging and office supplies. For more information on the company, visit: https://www.hillnmarkes.com.
In Schenectady, local organizations coordinated to prepare and donate 400 book bags filled with school supplies as part of the fourth annual Back to School Classic and Community Day in Schenectady’s Central Park. The two-day event — which in addition to the school supply and backpack giveaway also included a youth and high school basketball tournament — was organized by Save Our Streets, 4th Family Inc. of Albany and the James D. Thomas Jr. Foundation. For more information on Save Our Streets, and to volunteer or donate, visit: http://www.518saveourstreets.com.
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