"We will also give out brochures about health and safety for infants that includes SIDS education," Garcia said.
In September, the Pepsi Refresh Project awarded a $250,000 grant to Hannah's Hope Fund, an Upstate New York-based organization raising money to research a cure for giant axonal neuropathy. The fund is named for Hannah Sames of Rexford, N.Y., who was diagnosed with the rare neurological disorder at age 3, and whose mother, Lori, was originally from Plattsburgh.
Other local causes are also participating in the Pepsi Refresh Project this month. The Joint Council for Economic Opportunity of Clinton and Franklin Counties is also seeking a $25,000 grant to purchase shelving and industrial freezers for its food shelf.
"We're not really competing," said Garcia, noting how the organizations are working together to get their causes voted into the top 10. "The more people we get to vote for these projects, the better."
To support ACAP's HUGS program or the other projects seeking funds through Pepsi Refresh, log on to www.refresheverything.com and register. Registrants can cast one vote daily for any cause of their choice until Oct. 31.
The direct link to vote for the HUGS project is www.refresheverything.com/angelshugsproject.
Pictured on the front: Adirondack Community Action Programs has applied for a $25,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project to help distribute specially-designed swaddles to parents of newborns throughout New York State. The swaddles, an example of which is seen here, have been shown to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.