American Clothing Company collected 6675 pounds of clothing and textiles. Bags filled with men’s shoes, jackets and clothing were donated to the Backstretch Employee Service Team to benefit the backstretch workers at Saratoga Racetrack. Even with COVID creating high demand for bikes, people still dropped off around 20 bikes that Bikeatoga volunteers will fix up this winter. The Saratoga Springs Lions Club collected over 400 pairs of eyeglasses, and Wellspring received 106 cell phones.
New this year, We Are Instrumental received 14 instruments that they will repair and get into kids’ hands; the Domestic Violence Project of Warren & Washington Counties collected ~1500 pieces of children’s clothing and 50 backpacks for domestic violence survivors and their children; and Pitney Meadows Community Farm collected about 90 garden tools and hoses. All of these items will be reused, helping both individuals in need and the environment.
Also new this year, was a giveaway by Youth2. This group of students purchased and disseminated 100 compost bins during Recycles Day. Eliza Krackeler, one of the youth members, said, “we were able to give every last compost bin to passionate people who had outdoor compost bins, low quality countertop bins, or who were just excited to begin composting to help save our planet. In the process, several board members also went home with compost bins to start their own journeys. It was such a fulfilling experience to see people reacting so well to composting, what I believe will be the future of our world.”
Executive Director Wendy Mahaney is grateful for the community support and enthusiasm for the event. “We’d like to thank all the volunteers, partners, and participants who made this year’s event another major success,” she said. “It was truly a team effort.”
It’s never too early to start saving items for next year! To learn where to donate items before then, check out our Recycling and Donating Guidebook. To have your organization be considered for inclusion next year, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.