Track fans donate to Hurricane Harvey victims at race course


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey were gathered by fans at the Saratoga Race Course on the last day at the track.

People at the track filled buckets to do their part after thousands in Texas and Louisiana were left without their homes or belongings in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

People like Bob Caddy vowed to donate their track winnings to the cause.

“I’m here to win some money at the track, and if I do good, I’ll give 10 percent to the Red Cross later.”

Rebeccca Hout donated because her friend’s daughter was in Houston during the storm.

“Her daughter was able to drive from Houston and get to Dallas and go up here and got to see her and she’s safe and sounds.”

Hout said she’s just doing her part.

“I’m proud of the response from New York,” she said. “I think we’ve been very honorable.”

John Uhl is from Long Island. He said he donated because he lived through Superstorm Sandy.

“The subway station, the water was at the roof of the station,” he recalled. “It just filled up.”

He said people in Texas were paramount in helping after Sandy.

“I know a lot of people from Houston, and they donated for us, and they came up firemen and policemen from Houston, and so of course, we want to give back,” he said.

Ellen Hillander volunteers with the Red Cross and said the organization received a lot of donations.

“They saw us, and they said we would like to really do something, and so we’ve had a lot of luck here,” she said.

Other volunteers said any little bit helps.

“A dollar can give you a little kit with a toothbrush and toothpaste.”

Although rebuilding efforts have begun in Houston, another natural disaster could happen at any time. Donations to the Red Cross will help anyone in need.

“There’s a lot of people who have been impacted through their families who remember what their families  went through.”

If you couldn’t make it to the track on Monday, you can also make a donation online.Donation page for NEWS10 ABC viewers through the Red Cross

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