ABP “adopts” children for the holidays

By Tim Rondeau

During the holidays, many of us look forward to giving gifts and spending time with our loved ones.  However, for many, these things are not a given.  That’s why employee Leonard Durant organized our third annual Adopt-A-Child holiday donation drive benefiting the Department of Children & Family Services (DCF).

dcf-holiday-pickup-2-2016Durant, with the help of the Alliance of Black Professionals (ABP) Employee Resource Group, donated over 75 gifts to the Massachusetts DCF on Friday, December 16 in the main lobby of Res Woods.  Staff from the DCF happily accepted the gifts on behalf of their organization, assuring that the donations would help make the holiday season brighter for under-served children and families.

The mission of the Massachusetts DCF is to “strive to protect children from abuse and neglect and, in partnership with families and communities, ensure children are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment,” according to their website.

Durant attributes the success of this year’s holiday drive to the ubiquitous generosity ingrained in our company culture.  “ABP developed the Adopt-A-Child Program during the holiday season to give back to the communities we at National Grid serve,” Durant said. “Stewardship is one of the core principals of National Grid carried out throughout our organization.  It is our pleasure to give back to those less fortunate.”

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