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ACAP needs help to get into Pepsi top 10

ELIZABETHTOWN - There is one more weekend left to vote, and a local agency is in the running.

Adirondack Community Action Programs HUGS Project is one of a number of community-minded projects that is seeking funding through the Pepsi Refresh funding program.

Currently, the ACAP program ranks 13th, and needs to get into the top 10 in order to be eligible for a $25,000 grant to help fund the HUGS Project, which provides swaddle sleepers for infants that help in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

"We can't seem to get off of 13," Marge Garcia of ACAP said. "We would like to see a real push of people voting on the final weekend and I really believe that would help us get into the top 10."

Voting runs through Monday, Jan. 31.

Garcia said the HUGS Project is part of a state-wide initiative to provide swaddle sleepers, but that the chance to receive a $25,000 grant would help ACAP provide more sleepers to more babes.

"We saw the chance to be part of the Refresh Project as a great opportunity to be able to do this on a larger scale," Garcia said. "Instead of getting a couple hundred of sleepers, we can get a couple thousand of them and make this a state-wide effort that would have a main focus in this area."

Garcia added people can go online to vote for the project.

"If everyone would take a few minutes and either go online to pepsirefresheverything.com/angelhugsproject or text 102824 to 73774 to vote, we think we can make it," Garcia said. "While in the site type in JCEO Feed the Hungry and vote for them as well or text 102876 to 73774."

Garcia said the JCEO Feed the Hungry Program would benefit both the Elizabethtown and Keeseville food pantries that are run by ACAP.

"This would be a benefit for both Essex and Clinton counties," Garcia said. "We are extremely busy at both pantries this time of year."

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