In Schenectady, longtime resident Alicia Lewis collected more than 200 blankets for homeless individuals as part of her annual blanket drive. Each year since 2011, Lewis has collected blankets for local nonprofit organizations that would benefit from them. This year, her goal was to collect 200 blankets, a goal that she exceeded. The blankets were donated to the Raindrops Closet for Homeless Families. Families that were displaced and residing in hotels were given blankets on Christmas Day. For information on the Raindrops Closet, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/homeless30/.
In South Glens Falls, more than 800 students danced last weekend away and raised more than $800,000 for 37 local charitable causes as part of the 43rd annual South High Marathon Dance. About 80% of the high school student body participates in the event, during which the kids are locked in the school for 27 straight hours, where they dance and participate in fundraising activities like raffles, hair-cutting and other services. To be eligible to dance, each student must collect at least $150 in pledges. The dance marathon is also supported strongly by the school administration, teachers, staff, members of the community and local businesses. This year, the event raised $801,281.38. In total over the past 43 years, the marathon has collected nearly $9 million for over 530 charitable causes, including individuals and organizations. Contributions are still being accepted. To learn more about the event and to donate, visit https://shmd.org/.
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