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December 20, 2016

NYSID Thinks “Big” This Holiday Season for Community Outreach

Category: General — NYSID @ 7:36 pm

Thanks to the generosity of NYSID employees, the holidays were a little brighter for some needy families of children with disabilities. As part of NYSID’s annual holiday tradition of giving back to the community, NYSID “adopted” two families through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR).

Amber Zane, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region; and Sara Erickson, NYSID, pose with the numerous gifts purchased by NYSID staff for two families of children with disabilities

NYSID supported two families –– each with a child with a disability –– by purchasing clothing, toys, books, kitchen accessories and home goods on their wish lists, and delivering the gifts to the organization’s headquarters in Albany.

BBBSCR provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

“BBBSCR would like to thank NYSID for its donations,” said Amber Zane, BBBSCR’s community based program manager. “It means a great deal to our organization and the families we serve. Many families struggle during the holidays because of the extra pressure to provide for their families and to go above and beyond to obtain gifts. NYSID’s generosity will help ease some of the stress from the families they are assisting.”

Each of the families supported by NYSID has a child with an identified disability, which makes the gifts even more special, Amber pointed out.

“It is so heartwarming to see the joy and appreciation on the families’ faces when they receive these gifts. The families are grateful, humble and it adds a lot of holiday cheer into their lives,” she said.

One family has two children: a 16-year-old boy diagnosed with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a 1-year-old girl. The other family also has two children: an 8-year-old boy diagnosed with anxiety and bipolar disorder; and a 4-year-old boy.

“NYSID employees traditionally help those less fortunate during the holiday season, especially families impacted by disabilities,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. “We love bringing kindness and warmth into the lives of needy parents and children during this special time of year, and we wish Happy Holidays to all!”


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