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Special store helps families in need for the holidays

December 08, 2017 05:49 PM

RENSSELAER – A team of students and senior citizens set up a special "free" Christmas store on Friday. It will be open Monday and Tuesday across from the Amtrak station to those in need.

"We did a big push for pajamas for all the kids this year and we will be serving kids from birth through age 17,” said Colleen Pidgeon, Coordinator of CoNSERNS-U Christmas Store. CoNSERNS stands for Community Network of Schodack, East Greenbush, Rensselaer, Nassau and Sand Lake United and helps with basic needs including food, toiletries, assistance with rent, utilities, medical and case management referrals.

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Students from Columbia H.S. and Goff M.S. in East Greenbush have been assisting for nine years, Pidgeon said.

"It's really important to me to help the community cause you never know what people might go through if they can't help their families to get through it,” said Tatyanna Joseph, a senior at Columbia. “So it's good to help out."

"I think this is really important to the community to have people like this bring stuff and the people that don't have lots of money that they come and they get stuff,” said Mogan Hahn, a sophomore.

Parents will be escorted through the store by a volunteer this Monday, Dec. 11, and Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, 518-463-8571.

"We can't do it without the community, we can't do it without the volunteers,” Pidgeon said.

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