The power of our community strikes again!

On the last Friday of the Fall 2017 semester, we were joined by UAlbany ASBO's E-Board members, as we donated over 500 items of clothing to the Capital City Rescue Mission. It was a great feeling!

"Giving back to the Rescue Mission was an awesome experience to be a part of. It is are a very organized and cheerful place, and I hope to help out again soon!" said Teri Kanaria, ASBO's Sports Coordinator

Teri (middle) with her E-Board members, Mikey & Harlan, donating over 500 pieces of clothing!

Mikey Slattery, ASBO's Vice President added "It was great collaborating with MASH and donating my time and clothes to the Capital City Rescue Mission. Although it was early in the morning and very cold, meeting new people & helping my community made it worth it!"

Over the past few months emails, phone calls, and texts were sent to the MASH community in order to raise awareness and collect as many clothing items as possible. In addition to the technological solutions, a personal interaction was needed. That's where Albany Sports Business Organization (ASBO), a UAlbany organization, stepped up and organized a weekly table in the school's campus center to collect donations.

ASBO table during a clothes and food drive

Many other offices and organizations where more than happy to collaborate to gather items for this great cause. Among those were Blackstone Launchpad & the Advisement Services Center that allowed donation boxes to be located in their offices, and UAlbany's Hillel & Shabbot House, who gathered clothes from their members.

The donation box full at the Blackstone Launchpad office

All in all, over 1000 items were sorted and donated to the local Capital City Rescue Mission, which allows those in need to select any items they want from their free store, Blessingdales. The charity also offers shelter, food, a health clinic, and more to the homeless. To learn more about Capital City Rescue Mission, and how you can help, visit their website here or email mashcares@themashco.com.