A lot of kids will be warmer this winter thanks to the work of HCP members on this year’s Coats for Kids drive. The campaign collected an astounding seventeen bags of winter coats, hats and gloves that Jim and Kerri Morgan and George Earle delivered to the City Mission of Schenectady on behalf of HCP. In 2015 the Mission provided over 35,000 nights of shelter to community members in need. Along with short and long term housing the Mission also offers food and clothing to those who stay at the Mission’s shelters. Last year the Mission distributed over 1000 coats. HCP’s seventeen bags of winter clothing will be well used.
Of course, the Coats for Kids drive is only one part of HCP’s charitable efforts. Donations to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York at this year’s annual picnic totaled $477. The Food Bank, which distributes food to shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens and other locations where there is a need, estimates each dollar donated enables the distribution of ten dollars worth of food. Picnic contributions also supported Guiding Eyes for the Blind. The $824 donated will support the breeding, raising and training of dogs that are provided to visually impaired people.
In addition, the silent auction conducted at this year’s banquet raised $1040 for the Saratoga County EOC which has been the community action program in Saratoga County for over 42 years. HCP’s donations will help the EOC continue to offer a wide range of services. The agency provides counseling, training, and advocacy programs, maintains a food pantry, operates a soup kitchen, supports families in need at the holidays- and much more.
HCP members have one more charitable opportunity this year. If you’re coming to the annual holiday party, please don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy which will be donated to the Marine’s annual Toys for Tots drive.