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The day also opens up the school to parents and the community at large, who are invited to come and participate in the Day of Simple Giving. BCS has collaborated with Grassroots Givers in all the events so far, and will continue to do so.

"With BCS, we have worked collaboratively and come up with projects where we can make things and help out the shelters," said Grassroots Director Roberta Sandler.

The group strives to make connections between those in need and those who can supply what is needed, so the Day of Giving fits right into the organization's goals.

"Lots of stuff comes out of this day," Sandler said.

This Saturday's event is planned to be bigger and more influential than ever because the school and Grassroots will be partnering with the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, which has held an event the last three Novembers to kick off Homelessness Awareness Month.

Participants will be led by Ric Mitchell of B95.5 in the "Cha-Cha Slide" in a symbolic effort to "Stomp out Homelessness."

Partnering with the Day of Simple Giving was really a no brainer, said Interfaith Development Director Bonnie St. Onge.

"We're often recipients of the good things they do, so it's kind of a way for us to give something to them and help them grow," she said. "We had an event, and they had an event, so we decided, let's bring them together."

Interfaith runs a 30-bed emergency shelter and also a drop-in center that provides everything from showers to help finding a job for the homeless. They also run a transitional housing program that aims to put those in emergency shelter into permanent housing, and recently cut the ribbon on housing for the homeless with disabilities.

Members of the Albany Legends Dream Girls dance team will be on hand Saturday to give dance tips to kids.

"To have kids involved this year, it's a whole other element," said St. Onge. "It's a full circle now."

The Day of Simple Giving will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Sophia's Church on Whitehall Road in Albany. For information, contact BCS at 478-0224.""

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