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AFG Donates to City Mission of Schenectady

   For the sixth consecutive year, the  Albany Financial Group staff embarked on a shopping spree and filled nine shopping  carts overflowing with toys, books, art supplies and sporting goods, all to bring holiday cheer to local families in need.

   “It’s become an enjoyable tradition each year at AFG that the staff goes on a shopping spree to buy toys and gift cards for underprivileged children in the area,” said AFG Principal Len Valletta.

   “They then come back and we have a celebratory lunch to recognize how fortunate we are to be able to give back to the community that has been so good to us throughout the years,” Len said.

   This year, the goods will be distributed through the Schenectady City Mission, which expects to help roughly 1,500 children from birth through age 12 this holiday season. Among the Mission’s programs is a store for the “working poor,” which gives parents a chance to shop for their children, free of charge.


Through this year’s donation, Albany Financial Group helped stock that store with board games, puzzles, soccer balls, tennis rackets, sleds, books, craft kits and more so that parents can pick out presents that appeal to their individual children’s interests.

   Albany Financial Group also donated gift cards to local restaurants, movie theaters and stores for older children and last-minute shoppers to purchase their own gifts or basic necessities.

   “We again chose the city mission of Schenectady because we feel they embody what a charitable organization should try to achieve,” Len said. “Not only do they help out families and individuals in need all year long but they try to help them get back on their feet and empower them to try to improve their lives through various programs,” he added.

 Once again, AFG partnered with the local Target store on Central Avenue, which generously discounted the purchases by 10%, allowing AFG to provide for more children.

   “This is truly a blessing,” said Schenectady City Mission Director Mike Saccocio, as AFG staff filled the back of a van with hundreds of gifts.

   “Mike Saccocio and his team deserve a lot of praise for the work they are doing and we are happy to be a small part of helping them achieve their mission,” Len added.

The AFG Staff filled nine carts during their shopping spree with toys, books, games, sporting goods and gift cards.

This is a sampling of the goods that were donated to the City Mission to benefit local families this holiday season.

AFG Principal Len Valletta and City Mission Director Mike Saccocio load the back of a van to transport the goods to a store for the "working poor," through which parents can select gifts for their children.

Past Projects

AFG Donates to Hurricane Relief

Throughout the year, the Albany Financial Group team collects spare change in the front office to donate to a charity or cause.

Often, clients see the coin jar and generously contribute spare change of their own.

This year, the AFG team decided to donate the money raised so far to hurricane relief efforts in both Texas and Florida.

Albany Financial Group matched the spare change donations by staff and clients to contribute a total of $500 to relief efforts.

The funds helped offset fuel costs of a local man, Stephen Humphrey, who personally sought donations of food and supplies to fill two tractor trailers, sending one to Florida and one to Texas.

Humphrey, a local corrections officer, was inspired to help hurricane victims based on his own loss due to Hurricane Irene in 2011.

"We saw Mr. Humphrey's story in the news and it touched us all," said AFG Principal Leonard F. Valletta.

"There are many worthy charities out there and as a group, we have donated to many of them over the years, but we felt with all of the pain our neighbors to the south have gone through recently, this was the perfect cause to donate our spare change."

Holidays 2016

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Giving Back 2013

AFG Gives Back 2012