YMCA, other groups unite for Giving Tuesday

Jolynne Pierre, a volunteer for the YMCA, was present at Giving Tuesday.

KASSIE PARISI/GAZETTE REPORTERJolynne Pierre, a volunteer for the YMCA, was present at Giving Tuesday. KASSIE PARISI/GAZETTE REPORTER

By Kassie Parisi

Gazette Reporter

CLIFTON PARK —Piles upon piles of donated toys, school supplies, food, and other items were spread all over the front lobby of the Southern Saratoga YMCA.

On Nov. 28, the organization hosted a charity event for National Giving Tuesday, during which people were able to come drop off anything they wanted to donate between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The YMCA event saw multiple local charities join them for the day, urging people to donate to the respective organizations set up at the Y. Among the participants were CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, Shenendehowa’s Bountiful Backpacks program, Twin Bridges Rotary Club, Operation Adopt a Solider, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Nick’s Fight To Be Healed Foundation, and Get Your Rack Back.

Multiple different charitable organizations were stationed at the Southern Saratoga YMCA on Giving Tuesday. KASSIE PARISI/GAZETTE REPORTER

Multiple different charitable organizations were stationed at the Southern Saratoga YMCA on Giving Tuesday.
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This was the YMCA’s second year hosting the event. Prior to the inaugural event,  branch executive director Sarah Heslin wondered why the organization wasn’t dong anything to participate in Giving Tuesday, especially coming right on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Many people, she added, forget that the YMCA is itself a non-profit organization, and said that the donation day would be a good way for the YMCA to have a positive effect on the community.

“It’s a way to have our community give back,” she said.

The YMCA also fundraises for its own various scholarship programs throughout the year, Heslin said. As of National Giving Tuesday, $2,000 had been raised towards the $168,000 desired total.