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AFG Celebrates the Holidays

by Giving Back to the Community 

Albany Financial Group donated hundreds of toys, books, movies and sporting equipment to the City Mission of Schenectady to benefit underprivileged children this holiday season.

The shopping spree has become an annual tradition for the AFG staff, in coordination with Michael Saccocio, Director the Schenectady City Mission and Jessica Toomajian, the Mission’s Senior Development Coordinator.

This year, the group filled eight shopping carts with everything from sleds to footballs, roller skates to Lego sets and tennis rackets to stuffed animals.

The toys will stock the shelves of the City Mission’s two holiday stores to benefit more than 1,500 local children, ages birth to 12. In addition, Albany Financial Group donated gift cards to local restaurants, movie theaters and stores for older children and for the Mission to obtain necessities and gift items that might not have been donated this year.

“This annual tradition is something the entire staff looks forward to each year,” said AFG Principal Leonard Valletta. “To know that we can bring some joy into the lives of some local underprivileged children is a really good feeling.”

This year, the Mission has an even bigger focus on helping the working poor, Saccocio said, explaining that term describes parents who are employed but still struggling to make ends meet. One of the holiday stores will be set up inside a local business to allow those parents to shop for their children, free of charge, during a break in their work day.

“The Schenectady City Mission is doing such good work and it is our honor to be a  small part of the fantastic work they do throughout the year,” Len said.

“This year Mike and Jessica joined us for our celebratory lunch after the shopping spree. They fill us in on a lot of the details of the work they do on a daily basis,” Len added. “In addition to enjoying their company, it made us feel even better about our decision to partner with an organization that helps so many people in need.”

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


Full carts

Toys for all ages

Ready to check out

Gift Cards

The Target team

Filling Santa's Sleigh

Past Projects

Holidays 2017

Hurricane Relief

Holidays 2016

Holiday Giving 2015

Catholic Charities 2014

Ronald McDonald House 2014

Giving Back 2013

AFG Gives Back 2012