Just over a year ago, tragedy hit a Hudson Valley family, when they lost their teenage son.  Claudio Coppola died in a freak accident in November of 2012, and ever since, even with the loss and the pain, the Coppola family has been involved in helping the community...a community that Claudio loved, and a community that loved Claudio.  Well, today would have been Claudio's 18th birthday. From 9:00 am -9:00 pm, rain or shine, The Claudio Cares Foundation will be collecting non-perishable food items at Coppola’s Restaurant in Hyde Park in honor of Claudio's birthday.The goal is to collect 40,000 lbs.They already have over 12,000 lbs. with the bulk coming in today. In addition to the Can Drive, Coppola’s will be serving all day a portion of their proceeds will benefit the Claudio Cares Foundation. Come by to help  celebrate Claudio’s Birthday. They will be singing Happy birthday at 3:38 PM which is the time he was born.  It's a great event in honor of a great person.  I hope if you're in Hyde park today you'll stop by.  And thanks to the Coppola family.