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Local groups compete for Pepsi grants

By Ashley Hassett and Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Upstate New York Transplant Services is asking Western New Yorkers to help it secure a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. The soft-drink company will make a $250,000 grant to a deserving cause.

If it wins, UNYTS plans on using the grant for a new blood donation bus, enabling the agency to collect 4,000 more units of blood each year. UNYTS spokeswoman Thea Tio says the bus will also provide health screenings and outreach.

UNYTS is asking Western New Yorkers to vote for the agency's grant application via this link throughout the month of August.

WBFO News has also been informed that another local project is competing for a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refreh Project. Two entrepreneurs, John Carducci and Garrett Eimiller of East Aurora, are the creators of Let-us Fish Eco Farms. It's an environmentally friendly initiative to raise fish and grow produce together.

People interested in supporting this project can vote by clicking this link.