ALBANY, N.Y., December 22, 2006—Albany Medical Center staff have been busy this month making the holidays special for hundreds of children throughout the Capital Region. Employees have “adopted” 350 children and donated unwrapped new toys to more than 50 others through Albany Med’s annual Toy Drive for the Needy, organized by the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
“This toy drive is a true testament to the outstanding employees we have here at the Medical Center,” said Theresa Weinman, who organizes the toy drive and works as administrative coordinator for the Department of Family and Community Medicine. “Year after year, we see the best of the best within our hospital and college, and I am always astounded by the generosity of our faculty, staff and students.”
Employees and students have purchased winter clothes and other essential items for families, as well as toys for children who would otherwise go without, including bicycles, dolls, action figures, sports equipment, and electronics. Food baskets and grocery gift cards were also donated in an effort to provide holiday meals for several families in need.
The Center City Parish and Social Ministry on Central Avenue in Albany; Koinonia Primary Care in West Hill; the Capital District African American Coalition on Aids in Albany; the Next Step Inc. of Albany substance abuse treatment program for women; the Albany Med Employee Assistance Program, and the Albany Med Aids Treatment Center were among the agencies to receive donated items.
The Albany Medical Center consists of one of the state's largest teaching hospitals, the Albany Medical Center Hospital, and one of the nation's oldest medical schools, the Albany Medical College.
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