Adding a little sparkle to their lives

By Avraham Kalban

Employees across the company helped make the holidays brighter in our communities. In New York, different gift drives were held across the area to make kids feel joy.

Angels on Long Island

For the 12th straight year, Hands Together NY (HTNY) helped the Salvation Army with its Angel Tree Program. This is the program where employees anonymously bought toys and clothes for kids who couldn’t afford any this year. This was a joint effort between National Grid and PSEG Long Island, with our efforts led by Lynn Falanga, Lisa Zafonte Maffei and PSEG-LI’s Subrena Burwell. Together, we donated to 250 families (200 in Riverhead, 50 in Nassau County).

We also ‘adopted’ one family in need with two sons, to whom we gave beds, bedding, a kitchen table and chairs, plates and pans. Melissa Mancini led this drive. She and coworkers in Garden City dropped off items for the Riverhead family they shopped for and HTNY donated $575 for the larger items.

Some National Grid ‘helping hands’ with Riverhead Salvation Army Lieutenant Esther Cherubin (4th from right)









Plant Accounting once again bought four of the bicycles for the kids. Shown (l-r) are: Lori Platz, Janine Hilton Jones, Teresa Allocca and Bernadette Falsitta



Hands Together NY logo
Hands Together NY is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to, and passionate about, raising funds to help those struggling with issues of hunger or homelessness in our local communities. To find out more or join the group, go to or call
516-545-3321. The organization could always use more helping hands

And more angels in Upstate NY

Syracuse employees held a similar holiday drive through the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center Holiday Angel Program. They sponsored 49 children, ranging from infants to teenagers. This year’s notable items were: an Xbox, several Amazon Kindle tablets, two Barbie Dream Houses, a crib mattress, a few basketball hoops, countless Legos and race car sets, and an American Girl doll. 

For the third year in a row, Senior Counsel Kara Krueger coordinated the effort, along with her ‘happy holiday elves’ Melissa Barnes, Pam Echenique, Rozita Shortell and Kellie Smith. The group thanked the many participating employees for their ‘overwhelming generosity’, saying, “The Center was incredibly thankful for our efforts and excited to give the gifts to the children and their families. Thank you for making the holiday season brighter for children and families who need a little sparkle in their lives.”

Shown (l-r) Kara Krueger, Melissa Barnes, Kellie Smith and Rozita Shortell

Shown (l-r): Laura Tadevossian, Kellie Smith, Kara Krueger and Melissa Barnes


Toys for Tots in Staten Island

Our employees once again participated in the Staten Island National Grid/Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive, donating more than 100 toys. “The Marine Corps Reserve was particularly thankful this year due to a decrease in donations after the loss of one their biggest donors, Toys R Us,” says Richard Andreana, Supervisor, NYC Field Operations. In addition to the people pictured below, special thanks go to members of IBEW Local 3, Staten Island Maintain Department, Gas Field Operations (GFO) Senior Supervisor Paul Dezinna and GFO Lead Supervisor Martin Sobers. Way to go everyone!

Helping out the cause (l-r) are: Staten Island Marine Corps League detachment member, IBEW’s John Powers, IBEW Lead Technician Joseph Tringali, Richard Andreana and CMS Senior Supervisor Kyle Wasnieski (not pictured)


Books and PJs in Brooklyn

Children ages 3-11 at family shelters across Brooklyn received more than 2,500 new books and 1,100 new pairs of pajamas, thanks to an annual holiday collection drive our DNY employees participated in. The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President thanked us for “our generous support of the 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting and Books and Pajamas.” Click here to see their press release, which includes quotes from John Bruckner, President of our New York Jurisdiction, and here to view a video.

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