National Grid RI Employees Contribute Generously to Holiday Drives

By Darlene Masse

ri-xmas-mainProvidence Rescue Mission pastor Sean Carew was all smiles as soon as he saw the National Grid employees and the van full of toy donations. On a December morning just a few days before Christmas, several National Grid employees got to play Santa Claus by dropping off approximately 500 toys to the Providence Rescue Mission and the Calvary Baptist Church in South Providence.  National Grid employees generously donated the toys as part of the company’s annual Bob Gooding Memorial Toy Drive.

Pastor Carew was very appreciative of National Grid’s donations. While expressing his gratitude for our employees’ contributions, he mentioned how important the toys are to local families in need in South Providence, in neighborhoods surrounding our Dexter Street and Melrose Street offices. In just a few hours, parents would be coming to the Providence Rescue Mission to select gifts from the donations to surprise their children with on Christmas morning.

ri-xmas-2The toy donations were part of a series of holiday drives that National Grid Rhode Island employees hold each year at our Dexter Street, Melrose Street, Lincoln and North Kingstown offices. Employees generously contributed to several holiday collections, including:

Melrose Street: Employees fulfilled Christmas wish lists for 32 students at the Lillian Feinstein Elementary School on Sackett Street. CMS employees also contributed to the Bob Gooding Memorial Toy Drive in honor of the late Bob Gooding, who organized the drive annually.

Dexter Street: Employees donated coats, hat and mittens to a drive to benefit students at the Lima Elementary School on Daboll Street. More than 50 children from the school visited National Grid’s offices in early December and were all smiles as they received their new coats. Employees also contributed to the Bob Gooding Toy Drive.

Lincoln: In collaboration with the Salvation Army, employees fulfilled wish lists for 20 children.

North Kingstown: Employees collected gifts for local children in need.

ri-xmas-3“The generosity of our employees makes such a huge difference in the lives of these kids,” said Mike Cavaco, a safety advocate who works in gas operations at our Dexter Street office. Mike is one of several people in Rhode Island who helps to lead our annual holiday collections. Special thanks to all of the employees who contributed to the holiday collections, and to Marisa Albanese, Mike Cavaco, Allison Mahn, Kelly McGuirk, and Kathy Spittell who coordinated the drives in each RI office.

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