Syracuse gets into the holiday season

By Avraham Kalban

CNY joins our ‘holiday helping hands’ efforts

On December 8, teams of employees across Central New York collected almost $2,700 selling (‘hawking’) special edition newspapers for Salvation Army’s 2017 Old Newsboys Hope for the Holidays Christmas Bureau fundraiser. That’s double the amount of donations collected last year! Thanks to the generous spirit of our employees, more than 6,500 children from 2,500 families in need received a book, a toy and a stocking stuffer, and their family received a gift card to get food for a holiday dinner.

Coordinator and senior analyst, Program Operations and Execution Carolyn King shared this story with us. She says, “All my fellow employee volunteers helped to bring the holiday spirit to local children and families in need. It’s this spirit of kindness and generosity that truly lights up a community. Considering that Syracuse is one of the poorest cities in the United States (23 out of 575), the efforts of the employees of National Grid do so much for so many in our community.”

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Lisa Willey (left) and Jamie O’Donnell hawk newspapers at Henry Clay Boulevard

United Way of Central New York President Nancy Kern Eaton and National Grid employee Josh Weaver offer special edition newspapers at the Syracuse Office Complex

Shown l-r, Kristen Gotsch, Ashley Bressett and Carlene Lacey get ready to seek donations


The Syracuse Office Complex also held a toy drive for the Syracuse Boys & Girls Club.  Employees donated clothes, toys, sporting equipment and other items on the ‘wish lists’ of the 85 members of the Hamilton Street clubhouse.  The donations were then distributed to the children at their Christmas party.

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