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AFG Gives Back

It’s a highlight of the holiday season at Albany Financial Group: Giving back to the community.  

Each year, with a generous donation from Albany Financial Group, the administrative staff at AFG shops for toys, books, games and puzzles for underprivileged children in the Capital District. The group then donates those toys to the City Mission of Schenectady to fill the shelves of their holiday stores.

With an emphasis on helping “the working poor,” the City Mission this year will open five holiday shops, allowing qualifying families to shop, free of charge, for their children, ages birth to 10.

AFG coordinates this mission each year with City Mission Director Michael Saccocio and Senior Development Coordinator Jessica Toomajian. AFG also partners with the Colonie Target store, which generously discounts our purchases by 10%, allowing AFG to provide for more children.  Last year, the City Mission served more than 900 children during the holidays and expects to see a comparable number over the next few weeks.

This year, Frozen-themed merchandise was popular, as well as classic toys such as Legos, sporting equipment, sleds, dolls and remote-controlled cars. Gift cards for Regal and Target were also provided for families with older children. AFG shoppers divided into teams, with each team shopping for a specific age-group. In the end, they checked-out 9 carts overflowing with a variety of gift options to satisfy the wish list of any child.


Past Projects

Holidays 2018

Holidays 2017

Hurricane Relief

Holidays 2016

Holiday Giving 2015

Catholic Charities 2014

Ronald McDonald House 2014

Giving Back 2013

AFG Gives Back 2012