Thanks for Giving again!

By Avraham Kalban

“Thank you for your participation in this year’s Thanks for Giving Campaign!  Without you, this annual campaign would not be possible!”
Marilyn Reid

“I’m very happy and thankful to be part of this group! Every little bit counts”
Shirley Avila

This year’s Thanks for Giving campaign stretched all over National Grid’s US service area, supporting communities from Buffalo to Boston to Brentwood and all across Long Island and Rhode Island. This is the campaign where employees sell and buy paper turkeys that turn into real turkey meals – and fixin’s – for families in need. This year, we raised a total of $8,515 (including company matches where reported).  Using the conversion rate we’ve been given by Island Harvest here on Long Island, that equates to 4,258 meals!

This was the 12th year of our campaign, coordinated, as always, through the Hands Together New York* volunteer group. In total, we’ve raised a total of $91,851 – or 45,913 meals.

Thanks to all those people who worked as Thanks for Giving coordinators:

Brentwood & Hewlett, NY – Cathie Felicio 
Brightwaters, NY – Cathy Hughes, Bel Pagdanganan
Brooklyn, NY – Maria Petsche
Buffalo, NY – Pam Schrimmel
Fredonia, NY – Janet Hilliker
Garden City, NY – Melissa Mancini
Hicksville, NY (175 Bldg. – Ellen Cooke, Marilyn Reid, Shirley Avila, Sandra Rasmussen, Lynn Falanga
Liverpool, NY – Amy Meagher

Melville, NY (Hub Dr.) – Diana Manteria
Syracuse, NY (SOC) – Amy Bancroft, Sarah Zerrillo, Ola Wojtalewski
Beverly, MA – Dean Baudanza
Lowell, Essex and Malden, MA – Cheryl Nydam
N. Andover, MA – Judy Torrissi
Northboro, MA – Kimberly Etre
South Yarmouth, MA (Cape) – Kim Bush
Waltham, MA – Lynne Papetti
Whitinsville, MA – Sonya Weagle
Worcester, MA – Sarah DiGeronimo
Lincoln, RI – Andrea Blood
North Kingstown, RI – Diane Edwards
Providence, RI – Valerie Bellrose, Charlie Rugg, Kathleen Sullivan

These are the not-for-profit agencies we worked with to help our neighbors in need: Island Harvest, Hope House Ministries; Suffolk Community College Food Pantry; CHIPS; Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Lowell, MA; Bread of Life; Our Neighbors Table; Beverly’s Bootstraps; The Family Food Pantry, Harwich, MA; Why Me & Sherry’s House; Veterans Shelter; Worcester County Food Bank; Food Bank of Central NY; Food Bank of Western NY; Coventry Community Food Services; North Kingstown Food Pantry; St. Joseph’s Church Food Pantry; St. David on the Hill










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