Winter Gala: An Evening of Hope

On December 1, spend an evening with us in Scotia, NY supporting children who have experienced extensive abuse or neglect. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets available.

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Helping Children in Crisis

Things of My Very Own, Inc. provides crisis intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect.

Services are also available to children who are, solely due to the lack of items necessary for sustainability, at risk of a Child Protective Services intervention.

Our goal is to keep children together with non-abusive family members, and out of the foster care system, whenever possible.

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Help Us Reach Our Fundraising Goal!

Brand New Mattresses for Children in Crisis

$50 of $7,000 raised

When a child leaves an abusive situation the transition is often sudden and unexpected. It is not uncommon for children to leave an abusive situation wearing nothing more than a sheet. The trauma that can come from being removed from your family while nearly nude and then then placed in the care of strangers has been described by many, as being more traumatizing than the abuse itself. Legally a child must have a bed of their own in order to remain with their non-abusive family members. We are 100% out of mattresses. We have the ability to purchase 126 brand new Tempur-Pedic Mattresses for $7,000. The mattresses are bed bug resistant and hypoallergenic. Your donation will help children in crisis remain with their non-abusive family members and out of the foster care system whenever possible.

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Donation Total: $50

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The 1st National Bank of Scotia Glenville branch is still collecting brand-new items on our behalf. Whether you are shopping at Target, Hannaford, Price Chopper or the dollar store, this is a convenient place to drop off donations for children in crisis.

We are currently in desperate need of the following items:
Hair Brushes
Packages of boys and men's boxer shorts (Many of the girls and boys that we work with have injuries due to sexual abuse that do not allow them to wear tight fitting undergarments.)
Baby Wash
Baby Lotion
Baby Shampoo
Boys and Girls Clothing sizes 10-16
Men's Deodorant
Woman's Deodorant

Brand-new items may be dropped off at 240 Saratoga Road during normal business hours through October 31st. Please donate today and make sure to thank the staff at the branch for their willingness to help children in crisis.
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Did you know that Things of My Very Own, Inc. encourages volunteers to bring their children to volunteer with them at the Crisis Intervention Center. We believe in nourishing our clients and volunteers whole self and sometimes that involves doing things together as a family.

Volunteering teaches children to give back. It also allows them to learn teamwork at a young age. Think your children are too young to volunteer? Check out the attached photo of small children working together to sort aid for children in crisis. Still think your children are too young to come to the center? We have a crib in the back for tiny ones that come to volunteer with their parents.

Ready to sign up? Please visit, complete, print and mail your application to:

Things of My Very Own, Inc.
249 Green Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
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Things of My Very Own, Inc. Current Needs

Baby Wash-100% Depleted
Baby Lotion-100% Depleted
Boys & Girls Deodorant-Dangerously Low Boys & Girls Clothing (Sizes 10-20)-Dangerously Low
Girls & Boys Underwear (Sizes 10-18) Dangerously Low
Boys & Girls Shoes (Sizes 12 toddler-7 adult)- 100% Depleted
Paper Towels-100% Depleted
Hair Brushes and Combs-100% Depleted

Donations may be brought to the Crisis Intervention Center located at 249 Green Street in Schenectady on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 9am-noon. We are also open Wednesday evenings from 4pm-7pm until Christmas.

Brand new items may be dropped off at 1st National Bank of Scotia, Glenville Branch located at 240 Saratoga Road in Glenville.

You may also text THINGS to 52000 to donate $10. Please follow the instructions. Once you confirm the text, $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.

Until we are able to obtain these items, local children will continue to be at-risk of a Child Protective Services intervention solely because they do not have items necessary for sustainability. We thank you in advance for your generosity.
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