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A backpack filled with hope

Members of Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, through their Women in Business Committee, coordinate with local organizations every year, including the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County. Submitted photo.

Members of Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, through their Women in Business Committee, coordinate with local organizations every year, including the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County. Submitted photo.

— The committee is made up of 70 area business women and aims to give children items that may otherwise not be in their family’s budget.

“The Women in Business Committee has really adopted this issue … and in supporting other women in achieving stability,” said Maggie Fronk, executive director of DVRC.

She added families in crisis might struggle just to get food on the table, and when the school year rolls around school supplies might simple be out of the question.

As word gets out about Backpacks of Hope, Fronk said that the response has been great and that the DVRC is grateful to the chamber for its efforts. She added all types of school supplies are needed.

“If you’re shopping for your kids just think of what they need, that’s what these kids need too. We always need calculators and notebooks,”said Fronk.

Roggenbuk that the program is a point of pride for the chamber and one of the most important things it does all year.

“It struck a chord with the committee… each (committee member) has her heart in it for various reasons,” said Roggenbuk.

Hale said that the program is sponsored in large part by Seton Health and is one of the chambers strengths. “We support local women and children that are victims of domestic violence and we include the donations to help the women and their children,” she said.

Backpacks will be assembled at the chamber’s office on Aug. 22.For more information on where to donate supplies for Backpacks of Hope, call the Southern Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce at 371-7748.

For information about the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County visit www.dvrcsaratoga.org. For those in need of services, the group runs a hotline at 584-8188.

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