Students from SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair club decided to help spread cheer to young patients at Canton-Potsdam Hospital during the holidays.
By collecting donations from local businesses, and holding numerous raffles, 10 students raised approximately $1,340. The students used the funds to purchase two well-equipped Xbox video-game systems and a handful of games.
“We had a lot of support from the community and the college,” said James Levy, one of the students who helped acquire the systems. “When people found out what we were doing they either gave us money or items to raffle.”
The portable gaming machines are fitted with attached flat-screen televisions, so children can play in their hospital rooms. They plan to deliver the systems to the hospital on Monday (Dec. 22).
Instructional Support Associate Neil A. Haney said it was the second time the students had come together to help young patients. Last year, the group raised approximately $800 to purchase toys that they distributed to children at area hospitals.
“There are so many people that we need to thank for helping us continue this tradition,” Haney said, naming about a dozen area businesses and organizations. “I’d especially like to thank Robert Morley for his continued support of our club.”
Club members not pictured include:
- Morgan Stinson of Richville
- Tyler R. Shwartzott of Canton
- William C. Pharoah of Chase Mills
- Craig Fountain of hermon
- Jordan Fifield of Ogdensburg
About SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.