NYSP grants wish to give children ‘things of their own’
Over a hundred Schenectady children have had their vacation wishes granted thanks to the New York State Police Forensic Lab.
A social media post from the NYSP reads:
“It’s donation season!
NYSP’s Forensic Lab System, with help from family and friends, filled 115 children’s holiday wish tags through Things of My Very Own, in Schenectady. The staff collected basic items like clothes, bedding and hygiene items, and fulfilled holiday wishes for toys, games and even a few bicycles. “
Comments from the audience ranged from “(There is) a Santa Claus. Magic ”to“ Major hat tip !!! “
115 children’s holiday wishes were granted with the gifts thanks to a program run by the nonprofit Things to me. The group was founded in 2008 by Rayn Boncie and currently serves eleven counties in the New York Capital region.
Boncie, who is also the group’s vice president, has won numerous awards for her work, including the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which she received from President Barack Obama in 2010.
The self-described survivor founded the group to help children who are “affected by a lot of abuse and / or neglect” and those at risk for child protection intervention to keep them safe. children with non-violent family members and out of the foster care system when possible.
Kids of all ages are helped with Things of Their Own, and some of the holiday wish tags are really heartbreaking requests. In a 2018 post posted on the group’s website a 16 year old boy explains that his father is gone and that he needs to help his mother. His wishes included sneakers and clothes so he could find a job.
When children come out of an abusive situation or are pushed into a very vulnerable situation, the movement is often sudden and without warning. Without time to pack, many children are forced to leave behind many of their sentimental possessions and other items, creating a loss of comfort in an already uncomfortable and frightening situation.
With the help of donations from others, like the New York State Police forensic lab system and their connections, a small but significant part of this discomfort is alleviated.
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