Leg­is­la­tors col­lect­ing cloth­ing and bed­ding for chil­dren

The Record (Troy, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Staff

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.

PHOTO PROVIDEDS.

Leg­is­la­tors Jeff Wysocki, Scott Ben­dett, and Bruce Patire look at the Christ­mas tree, which is set up for do­na­tions to help chil­dren.

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