SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- A local charity is getting national attention, after a post on social media shows how great the need is for kids this holiday season.
The nonprofit organization "Things of My Very Own" in Schenectady provides crisis intervention services to children impacted by abuse and neglect.
Volunteers collect everything from the basics to toys for kids all year long. Every holiday season, Rayn Boncie, the CEO and founder of the organization, has the children write down what’d they like for the holidays on a tag, and people donate the items.
"We are seeing a lot of other requests such as food that isn’t ramen, a dad," said Boncie.
This year, Things Of My Very Own posted some pictures of the tags on Facebook, and one went viral. The tag read, "I'm a 10 year old boy I want school snacks so I'm not the only one not eating during snack time at school. I wear a size 12 and I like Pokemon."
"These children deserve these things. They shouldn’t be looked at as just a holiday gift. These are basic necessities that need to be met year round. These children, regardless of what they’ve endured, they deserve these basic things," said Boncie. "We’re so excited that people are stepping up to help, but providing snacks one time isn’t going to help a child in the long run. We need the donations to keep coming in."
You can drop off donations at "Things of My Very Own" at 249 Green Street in Schenectady on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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