Legislators collecting clothing and bedding for children
TROY, N.Y. >> Officials with the Rensselaer County Legislature Majority said that they recently partnered with the Unity House of Troy and Things of my Very Own from Schenectady to collect essential articles of clothing and bedding for children in Rensselaer County.
Unity House, which has served Troy and Rensselaer County since 1971, provided the Legislature with a list of children’s ages and genders, along with items they need, and items they want.
Officials said Things of my Very Ownwas started as a small project in 2008 to help bridge the gap between what social service agencies provide families, and what children need. This Christmas season they will be serving over 800 children in need in Rensselaer County.
The Legislature has set up a Christmas tree in their office lobby that displays tags with each child’s wish list. Everyone is welcome to choose a child’s tag and purchase the gifts for that child. Those generous folks can return the gifts, unwrapped and with the original tag from the tree, to the Legislature by December 13 so that each agency can distribute the items to the children in time for Christmas.
“These children are asking for essentials, shirts, jackets, socks, and underwear. It is heartbreaking. I hope that all of these kids get what they are asking for, and we are happy to help achieve that goal”, said Chairman of the Legis- lature Michael Stammel in a news release.
“Some of these kids are asking for blankets and bedding, not the latest video game or doll. These are children in our neighborhoods. During this time of giving, it’s time for all of us to try and help these kids”, added Vice Chair of the Legislature Kelly Hoffman in the release.
Several members of the Rensselaer County Legislature Majority group stand near the Christmas tree outside the Legislature’s Chambers.
Legislators Jeff Wysocki, Scott Bendett, and Bruce Patire look at the Christmas tree, which is set up for donations to help children.