Salvation Army

Code Blue Saratoga
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It seems an emergency shelter for the homeless will remain at its new location in Saratoga Springs this winter despite objections from neighbors.

Code Blue Saratoga
Paulina Phelps / WAMC

Earlier this year, Shelters of Saratoga was forced to find a new home for its emergency Code Blue shelter after the Salvation Army determined it could no longer host the service at its building in downtown, where it had been for two years.  The program was started in 2013 at St. Peter’s School after the freezing death of a homeless woman.

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With lawmakers back home from Washington, northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik did some volunteering at the Salvation Army in Glens Falls on  Monday. The organization this week is distributing food and toys to needy families.

Red Kettle Appeal

Dec 13, 2013

Due to the shorter holiday shopping season, The Schenectady Salvation Army is more than $20,000 behind in red kettle donations – and also in toy donations that it begins distributing next week to hundreds of families. Kettle donations are down across the Capital Region, according to Major Michael Himes of the Schenectady Corps.

The Schenectady Salvation Army is scheduled to begin donating toys to more than 200 children on Tuesday – and Himes is concerned they won’t have enough. Toy donations can be dropped off at the Schenectady Corps, 222 Lafayette Street, Schenectady, NY.

A retired music school professor says he was told to stop playing holiday songs on his trumpet while collecting for the Salvation Army outside a northern New York Wal-Mart store.

Robert Gibbs, an 81-year-old retired Crane School of Music professor, says managers at the Wal-Mart store in Potsdam told him Thursday that he could not play his horn at his kettle.

Gibbs says Friday he's been playing Christmas carols and holiday standards like "White Christmas" for years outside the store in northern New York.