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"Hearts For Our Hungry" campaign helps Queens Galley Soup Kitchen

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Several people in the Kingston and Saugerties area are getting shot by cupid’s arrow all in an effort to raise money for the Queen’s Galley Soup Kitchen. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the “Hearts For Our Hungry” fundraising campaign that’s catching the eye of onlookers everywhere.

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- “I was very surprised. I have seen it at other houses around,” said Saugerties resident Jessica Gallo.

Jessica Gallo is the latest target of cupid's arrow. Her lawn was struck overnight and now there's a 6-foot inflatable heart to prove it.

“I was excited that we would be able to help and that the kids could see where the money's going and to have it move around the community,” said Gallo.

Two hearts are moving throughout Saugerties and Kingston, where members of the Junior League are holding select lawns hostage until they comply with cupid's request.

“There’s a ransom letter there that asks them to donate it explains what it’s for, it explains that it’s for the Queens Galley,” said Junior League Provisional Member, Glenda Milner.

All proceeds will be used to construct and stock a new food pantry at the soup kitchen in Kingston, which serves thousands of people throughout the Hudson Valley. It’s something Executive Director Diane Reeder says there's a real need for.

“Not just giving them food that we’re choosing from the food pantries but its allowing them to choose and giving them more of a dignified shopping experience,” said Queens Galley Executive Director Diane Reeder.

While the Junior League aids in the makeover of the Queens Galley in uptown Kingston, Reeder says some more good news could be headed their way. They've placed an offer to purchase this building and are also looking to partner up with People's Place and open a second location in midtown.

“Being able to connect with people who are underserved in the midtown area who can’t make it to another section of town is kind of impactful for us,” said Reeder.

Members of the Junior League are glad Cupid's arrow is continuing to work its magic.

“We have people calling to request to have the heart on their lawn, so it’s really cool, the community is really getting behind us on this campaign,” said Milner.

The "Hearts For Our Hungry" campaign will run through mid-February. The Junior League will also be hosting a food drive to stock the new pantry on Saturday, March 9th at the Queens Galley.

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