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SUNY Canton students raise money, collect donations for children, animals


CANTON - Two SUNY Canton student clubs are spending the holiday season raising money and collecting donations for kids being cared for at local hospitals, as well as homeless animals at area shelters.

Gifts for Children

The president of SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair student club has a personal interest in giving hospitalized children a special gift during the holiday season.

“I remember how good I felt when I got a present when I was a neurology patient as a child,” said Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills. “I’ve always tried to collect toys for children in hospitals no matter where I’ve been during my life.”

The Powersports club collected approximately $800 in toys and donations to purchase toys. The students delivered the stuffed animals, dolls and other new children’s toys on Tuesday to Massena Memorial Hospital and Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in the program, said that Excessive Adrenaline, a local motorcycle club,made a substantial donation to their toy drive efforts. “I’d also like to especially thank Robert Morley and Steven Davis who both contributed substantially to our project,” he said.

Gifts for Animals

Student members of the SUNY Canton Veterinary Technician Association collected donations and supplies for the Potsdam Humane Society and the North Country Animal Shelter.

“Our students have a deep concern and love for animals,” said Robin I. Gittings, L.V.T, an instructional support technician in the Veterinary Science Technology program and the association’s adviser. “They eagerly took on the challenge to collect donations for the shelters we work with on a regular basis. These organizations are always in need of assistance due to tight budgets.”

Organizer Katlyn D. Podwirny, a Veterinary Technology major from Lake Luzerne, said the association collected dog and cat toys, food, treats and bowls, as well as cleaning supplies and blankets. Monetary donations totaled more than $300 and will be used to purchase other items on the shelters’ wish lists.

“I am overwhelmed by the amount of donations we received,” Podwirny said. “It far exceeded my expectations.”

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