Give a little, get a lot

Day of Simple Giving to connect kids, community with those in need

Have you ever wanted to lend a hand to the less fortunate in the Capital District but were unsure how to go beyond simply opening the checkbook? Organizers of the Day of Simple Giving, to take place Saturday, Nov. 7, hope the event will give members of the community an opportunity to make a difference.

This will be the third DSG, which is largely organized by the Bethlehem Children's School. They last held one in May, and the first event, which was smaller and took place at the school, took place on Martin Luther King Day, largely in response to the call from President Barack Obama for Americans to engage in community service.

Holding an event like DSG gives the roughly 40 students of Bethlehem Children's School and their families a chance to be more involved in charitable actions.

In the past for our school, we've traditionally had a gala fundraiser, and we felt it was moving away from where our target area was, said school Director Deb Monteith. "We decided to have a more giving-oriented type of event."

Students and volunteers can work at a number of "stations" to directly make items that will be distributed to organizations around the area. At one station, for example, volunteers will assemble ingredients to make chicken soup in a jar and bake cookies for distribution to shelters and food kitchens at another. At others, volunteers will be creating sports supplies for the Albany Boys and Girls Club and kitchen towels and trivets for Habitat for Humanity.

Students have also been collecting donations in CDTA "bus banks" that CDTA will match with free bus passes for people going to job interviews.

More than 15 charities and organizations will benefit in some form from the DSG, said Monteith.

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