UPDATED 12/11/2017

Jack Byrne Ford has a truck at the dealership that they are trying to fill with NEW toys to be shared with the Mechanicville Community Center and the Lansingburgh Boys Club



Clifton Park Halfmoon EMS and Capital Region Toys for Tots are calling for volunteers to help assemble no-sew, hand-tied fleece blankets.

Volunteers can sign up here: http://bit.ly/2yOcHH2

CLIFTON PARK, NY, October 26, 2017 — Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency Corps. (CPHM EMS) and the Capital Region United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots are driving an all-hands-on-deck effort to assemble at least 500, no-sew, hand-tied fleece blankets. The blankets will be distributed to children in need during the Capital Region Toys for Tots 2017 Christmas season.

For the past ten years, Gold Star Mother, Dawn Martin, has orchestrated the creation and donations of over 7,200 blankets to children through Toys for Tots. Her project is called “Uncle Shawn’s Hugs” and was a way to honor her son’s legacy.

Mrs. Martin’s son, United States Marine Sergeant Shawn Martin was killed in Iraq in June of 2007. “Shawn always gave to everyone, he also gave the best hugs. His friend’s children called him Uncle Shawn.” Says Martin. “When I wrapped a warm blanket around these children standing in the snow, some even without winter clothing, I felt like I was giving them a warm hug, just as Shawn always gave, thus Uncle Shawn’s Hugs was born.”

Toys for Tots Coordinator and Marine Gysgt Albert Roman Jr. says “The kids cherish these blankets. It’s a source of warmth and security for them. Of course they love the toys, but there is something special about the ownership and pride these kids feel about these blankets”.

Unfortunately, this year, due to increasing need and personal reasons, Mrs. Martin is unable to manage the logistics of creating the blankets, so Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency Corps formed a task force to make sure that Uncle Shawn’s legacy was preserved.

Roman Jr. said “Uncle Shawn’s Hugs has been an amazing charity to partner with, Mrs. Martin has poured her entire heart and soul into making these memorial blankets. We have children and families that come to meet us every year at our train stops just to see her and maybe have a chance to get one of Sgt Martin’s blankets. When we heard that she needed some help this year to continue the program we knew we could turn to Clifton Park Halfmoon EMS and it’s partners for help. I’m looking forward to seeing Mrs. Martin’s dream continue on with their help.”

For more information, please contact Uncle Shawn’s Task Force Chairman: David Kunzelman via email at dkunzelman@cphmems.org. 

About Clifton Park & Halfmoon Emergency Corps.(CPHMEMS) Clifton Park & Halfmoon Emergency Corps is a patient focused emergency medical service organization that has been providing professional and patient focused healthcare since 1950. They currently respond to over 7,000 calls for emergency medical need each year. As an accredited American Heart Association Training Center, CPHMEMS offers extended Heart Saver education and community outreach programs to the residents of the Towns of Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Hemstreet Park in Rensselaer County, and the City of Mechanicville. To learn more, visit http://cphmems.org/. You can also find them on Facebook (Facebook.com/ CPHMEMS) and Twitter (@CPHM_EMS).

About Capital Region Toys for Tots The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The Capital Region Toys for Tots Proudly serves 14 counties in upstate New York and distributes over 250,000 toys each year. To learn more, visit http://www.capitalregiontoysfortots.org. You can also find them on Facebook (Facebook.com/ capitalregiontoysfortots/) 

Leah Ferrone | Deputy Director of Community Development

Clifton Park & Halfmoon Emergency Corps, Inc.


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The Mechanicville Stillwater Chamber monthly meeting in January 2018: meeting date has been changed to January 9, 2018 (week later its usually held on the first Tuesday of the month, the 9th is the second Tuesday)


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