If you follow me on any sort of social media you probably know that I work at Fingerpaint. Fingerpaint is a marketing agency in downtown Saratoga ran by 2018 Person Of The Year Ed Mitzen, not a big deal. I love working here. The group of people I get to spend time with throughout the course of the week are so damn talented that I can literally feel my brain become a super brain. Not only is the job legit but what they do for the community is unmatched, unparalleled. We have an absolute philanthropy rockstar in Bo Goliber who spends every single day making the community a better place and that’s exactly what Fingerpaint and the Shelters of Saratoga are doing.
(WNYT) It’s a sidewalk sale with a twist. The coats being hung on the rack Tuesday afternoon on Broadway in Saratoga Springs aren’t for sale at all. They’re completely free.
Karen Gregory, the new leader of Shelters of Saratoga, saw on social media that another community elsewhere in the country was offering a free coat program. Gregory thought a similar program would be perfect for Saratoga Springs, which is still in need of a permanent Code Blue shelter.
“It doesn’t necessarily have to be a homeless person, but it can be someone who just doesn’t have a coat and can’t keep warm in the wintertime,” Gregory said.
So Gregory and Shelters of Saratoga partnered up with Fingerpaint to use the space near the front door of their Broadway marketing firm as the place to get a coat.
“Even if it’s just a temporary Band-Aid for a larger problem, it helps show that we care and we know that the community cares, so it helps build a bridge that way,” said Bo Goliber, head of philanthropy for Fingerpaint.
Want to help out?
Step 1: Find any winter coats you have around the house that you might now use anymore
Step 2: Wash them
Step 3: Bring them to Fingerpaint and drop them off on the rack
Step 4: Leave knowing that you made someones day
One of the easiest ways to make the world a better place is to be kind to one another. I’m not talking some GIANT gesture of goodwill but just take an extra second to hold a door or toss out a compliment here and there. It’s not that hard to help someone out and that is exactly what Fingerpaint and the Shelters of Saratoga are doing.