Great Give Back – Libraries Supporting Our Communities

The Great Give Back: Working Together to Support Cancer Patients in Columbia County

As part of the Great Give Back this fall, libraries all over New York State will be connecting patrons with opportunities to help their neighbors through donation drives, environmental clean-up events, and other community service projects. This year, the Columbia County Libraries Association is partnering with Our Community Cares Columbia County to  collect and distribute clothing, supplies, and cards to help support cancer patients from September 15  to October 16. Items collected will be donated to Our Community Cares, who will distribute them in Comfort Bags for hospitals in our community.

If you’d like to help, please drop off any of the items in the Comfort Bag Wish List below at any Columbia County library from September 15 to October 16 during regular library hours.

Comfort Bag Wish List

  • Lap Blankets
  • Hats, Fuzzy Socks, Mittens, Gloves
  • Crayons/Colored Pencils, Adult Coloring Books, Pens
  • Unscented Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Drinking Cups with Straws
  • Travel-size Tissues
  • Inspirational items such as cards, books, magnets, and memo pads
  • Puzzle Books, Playing Cards, Crossword Books, Journals
  • Emery Boards
  • Chewing Gum
  • Lifesavers


In addition to the donation drive, several County libraries are organizing crafting events to help patrons create handmade blankets, clothing, and cards for the Comfort Bag project and hosting informational programs with Our Community Cares CC Volunteers. Please visit individual library websites for more information on upcoming events.

Chatham Public Library/Canaan Branch Library

Claverack Free Library

Germantown Library

Hudson Area Library

Kinderhook Memorial Library

Livingston Free Library

New Lebanon Library

North Chatham Free Library

Philmont PublicLibrary

Roeliff Jansen Community Library

Valatie Free Library

The Great Give Back helps highlight some of the changing ways libraries help support our communities every day. For questions and more info about the Great Give Back, visit For more information about the work of Our Community Cares Columbia County, visit


Sep 15 2021 - Oct 16 2021


8:00 am - 6:00 pm


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4287 Route 203, North Chatham, NY 12132