POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- More than 50 people gathered in downtown Poughkeepsie on Saturday evening to raise awareness about the widening epidemic of heroin addition and its associated impact on families.
Among the speakers were Poughkeepsie Mayor-Elect Rob Rolinson, state Sen. Sue Serino of Hyde Park and Pat Rosa, who started “Forget me not cupcakes."
Volunteers and others brought food, clothing, blankets and other supplies for those in need.
Anthony Eack of Hopewell Juncition, who helped organize Saturday's rally, said, "Many in recovery came by. It was cold and windy and we left with hardly anything."
"Many homeless came by and got food and clothes,'' Eack said.
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Organizers with experience in counseling answered questions about addiction.
And law enforcement officials on foot patrol stopped by to check in from time to time during the four-hour rally that began at 4 p.m.
"All in all it was a great event,'' Eack said.
Eack, who with his family created a non-profit called “Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life Foundation " applies his own life experiences toward chipping away at the widening drug crisis.
"Anthony Eack is a one man wrecking ball when it comes to the war on heroin and opiate abuse," Serino said. "He holds his 'RAP' Sessions all across the county, with the newest one coming to Hyde Park in January."
"We are so fortunate to have someone so passionate and dedicated to getting kids off of drugs right here in our community,'' Serino said.
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