In Rexford, more than 100 volunteers gathered Saturday to help fight world hunger by packing boxes of food to distribute to the needy in the United States and around the world who have been ravaged by natural disasters and violence. The group of volunteers, working through the Rise Against Hunger organization, packed nearly 20,000 meals into boxes and prepared them for shipping. Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief agency that aims to end global hunger. Local volunteers donated their time raising money and preparing the meals. The organization distributes more than 90 percent of meals packaged annually to partner organizations worldwide, with the goal of ending hunger by 2030. For more information on Rise Against Hunger and to donate or volunteer, visit: https://www.riseagainsthunger.org.
In Schenectady, friends and former teammates of Tim and Ryan Andi participated in a fund-raising marathon baseball game Saturday in Central Park to raise money for the Tim and Ryan Andi Scholarship Fund. All proceeds from the event, which required a $30 entry fee, will go to an eligible Schenectady County Community College baseball player in Tim and Ryan’s name. As of Sunday, the event had raised more than $1,600 toward a $2,500 goal, according to the event Facebook page. The event and scholarship honor the Andi family. Tim Andi was the baseball coach at SUNY Schenectady for 25 years. He died in March. His son, Ryan, died in 2016 after a battle with cancer. And in September, Tim’s wife, Cathy, died unexpectedly. For more information on the scholarship and to donate, visit the Tim and Ryan Andi Scholarship Fund page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/donate/225959774979080/.
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