Decking the halls into the holiday spirit

By Nathan Stone

The holidays are a great time for giving back to the communities where we live and work.

For the sixth consecutive year, National Grid employees from Albany, New York – represented by Overhead Line, Underground Line, Community and Customer Management, Protection, and Customer Meter Services – donated their time and efforts to bring holiday sparkle to the Ronald McDonald House, hanging ornamental lights and decorated boughs throughout the exterior.

Debbie Ross, Ronald McDonald House Residential Director, praised the efforts and dedication of our employee volunteers.

“To know that National Grid comes here and puts these beautiful lights up at the end of a long day, it’s a way of inspiring our families, it’s encouraging, and we are very grateful to National Grid,” she said.

Albany Overhead Line used a bucket truck to place a Christmas tree on the second floor of one of the buildings. Additionally, crew members reached into their own pockets to personally give to the charity, with their donations matched by National Grid.

“It’s great to be able to do this again this year,” said Steve Blydenburgh from Albany Overhead Line.  “The money we were able to donate will go to helping the kids here and their families, and that is great as well.”

Lisa Wemple, Community Coordinator in Albany, echoed the sentiment.

“The Albany employees embrace the Ronald McDonald House project every year because they know how much this means to the families to have a sense of normalcy during the holidays,” said Lisa.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. promotes the health, development and well-being of seriously ill children and their families by providing a home away from home during hospital stays, and by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the lives of children and families.

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