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Skidmore students and faculty give back

Items and monetary donations collected for local programs in need

The Skidmore Cares sleigh filled with donations outside of the President's house.

The Skidmore Cares sleigh filled with donations outside of the President's house.

— “Overall, the numbers of people we serve are going up and they go up a little more each holiday,” she said. “Right now our shelves are running bare. They become depleted after Thanksgiving, so it’s nice to be able to replenish them before Christmas. It’s donations like this that keep us going.”

Monetary donations were given to Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County, local hospice home Mary’s Haven, The Salvation Arm and the Autism Spectrum Peer Integration and Recreation of New York. Funds were also collected for local flood victims of Tropical Storm Irene and donated to the Schoharie County Community Action Program.

Each group received different levels of donations based on need.

Glotzbach said the group decided to reach out to Schoharie County this year after the damaged they faced from flooding.

“We decided it was important for the Skidmore community to do what it could,” she said.

Janet Spaulding, deputy executive director for the Schoharie County Community Action Program, said the donation will go toward the fund that provides county flood victims with $500 in aid if they apply for the funds. The money will help take some applicants off of a wait list to allow the program to disperse aid faster.

“We want people to be aware that they can still apply for aid and that we are still accepting donations,” she said. So far 900 families have received aid through SCCAP since the flooding occurred.

Glotzbach said she and her husband believe it is important for the Skidmore community to give back during such hard economic times.

“Skidmore Cares builds on the college’s heritage of being a good neighbor and participation in a program that makes a contribution to the greater Saratoga region,” she said.

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