‘Twas the holiday season, inspiring smiles in our local communities

By Avraham Kalban

National Grid employees spread holiday cheer, giving back to our local communities in Brooklyn and New York City through activities like these:

The Festival Chorus once again provided its annual performance of holiday favorites, under the leadership of Brenda Anderson and Lionel Kelly, both from Account Maintenance and Operations NYC; Carlton Kinard, Credit and Collections NYC and choir director Skip Brevis. For 50-plus years employees and retirees have performed seasonal music for the general public, visiting schools, senior centers and veterans across Downstate New York during the holidays.

Through our partnership with the United Way of NYC, smiles and toys were delivered to the Read NYC students at P.S. 184 Newport School in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.  Frank Lombardo, Gas Operations and Construction and National Grid United Way Loaned Executive, greeted UPS drivers and thanked them for their partnership as they delivered the more than 350 items donated by National Grid employees including toys, books, arts and crafts, and clothing.  Many thanks to our employees and the MetroTech Floor Coordinators:  

NYC Customer Office – Monique Brown
Long Island Customer Contact Center–Tanasia Perry
13th Floor – Michelle Menke, NYC Gas Sales Marketing

Metro Tech 12th 14th and 15th Floors –Terry Yarde, NYJDx Community and Customer Management
NYC Customer Contact Center – Sharon Williams

Employees with P.S. 184 students (l-r): Frank Lombardo, Gas Ops & Construction and NG United Way Loaned Executive; Terry Yarde, Christina Gueli, both from NYJDx Community & Customer Management; Monique Brown, NYC Customer Office; and Michelle Menke, NYC Gas Sales and Marketing

Taisha Lawrence
, NYC Customer Contact Center; Toni Robinson, Business Management; and Eileen Fagan, Construction NY, led our Power to Serve employees in support of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’s Holiday Drive, collecting pajamas and books for children 3-11 years old. The mission was for every child to feel the love and warmth of a good night’s sleep in new, cozy pajamas, while dreaming thoughts of wonder after reading an inspirational bedtime story. This can open up their imaginations through storytelling and reinforce possibilities of a brighter tomorrow.  For added warmth, we included 250 National Grid blankets.

Employees with children at Brooklyn Borough Hall
(l-r): Caeresa Richardson, NYJDx UNY Outdoor Lighting; Renee McClure, NYJDx Community and Customer Management; Toni Robinson, Business Management; Virna D’Agostino, Finance

Also, employees collected toys to support Brooklyn Community Services, one of the borough’s oldest and largest nonprofit organizations caring for underserved communities.  We donated a bin of toys to the organization’s afterschool program at P.S. 156 in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Renee McClure, NYJDx Community and Customer Management (right) helps Santa and his ‘helper’ deliver toys for Brooklyn’s P.S. 156 in East New York.

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