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HIGH NOTES: Cancer families, helping young girls, energy assistance

HIGH NOTES: Cancer families, helping young girls, energy assistance

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities

In Saratoga Springs, Floydwarriors.com raised $4,000 in October through its ‘Pink Bows on Broadway’ fundraising campaign to help families affected by cancer. This annual event gives friends and family of those impacted by cancer the chance to acknowledge loved ones by sponsoring pink satin ribbons on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. In addition to this year’s event, businesses sold pink paper ribbons in exchange for donations. Among the local businesses donating at least $250 were Impressions of Saratoga, Saratoga Horseworks, Lifestyles of Saratoga, The Prime at Saratoga National, New York Long Term Care Brokers and Hart Alarm Systems. Floydwarriors.com connects families to help so they can get through the first months of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. For more information on Floydwarriors.com and to donate, visit https://www.floydwarriors.com/.

In the Capital Region, the National Grid Foundation presented a $12,000 grant to Catholic Charities’ Emergency Energy Assistance Fund to help meet requests for emergency assistance during the winter and spring months. This time of year, many families struggle to meet their bills while trying to afford to keep the heat and lights on. The utility’s fugrant will help more than 550 households in 14 upstate counties, including the Greater Capital Region and outlying rural counties. This is the 12th year the National Grid Foundation has provided a significant grant to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany to support families in need of energy assistance. For more information on Catholic Charities and to donate, visit http://www.ccrcda.org/.

In Montgomery, Fulton and Schenectady counties, the Zonta Clubs collaborated to raise $5,000 for the MoonCatcher Project, which helps girls worldwide overcome educational and social barriers created by menstruation. Girls in poor countries often drop out of school when they reach puberty because they have no access to menstrual hygiene products. The MoonCatcher Project makes and provides free reusable, washable menstrual pad kits. The Zonta funds will be used to start a Women’s Sewing Collaborative in Haiti. The local MoonCatcher group also collects disposable menstrual products to donate to girls in the Capital District. For more information and to donate, visit http://www.mooncatcher.org.

High Notes shines the spotlight on the good being done in our communities. Send suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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