Help a Child in Crisis this Holiday Season

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

$20,225 of $21,000 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 in great need of additional mattresses. We have the ability to purchase 378 brand new Tempur-Pedic Mattresses for $21,000. 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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The Founder’s Story

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We were at the Crisis Intervention Center this morning inspecting gifts for distribution and found so many acts of love contained inside the bags. Here are a few that we saw today.

One of about four little boys we provide services to hasn’t stopped running since he found out who Flash is. He was gifted with new sneakers and some very cool superhero clothing. His caseworker anticipates that he will be challenging the speed of light within minutes of opening his gifts.

In one of the bags was a notebook with a post-it on the inside cover. Written on the post-it was a message that encouraged a child to write about their feelings and dreams.

A young boy sent his duplicate Pokémon cards to a child in crisis.

Several children and families included cards cheering children on to keep moving forward and to believe in themselves in all areas of life.

You are all absolutely amazing! We are so excited for the children you are sponsoring this year!

There are still hundreds of Wish Tags out at area businesses that need sponsors! Go and grab yours today. Show a child in crisis that they are worth everything and that Santa really does exist.

MARYLAND
Cumberland- Safelite AutoGlass 10218B Mt. Savage Road NW

MASSACHUSETTS
Pittsfield MA- Safelite AutoGlass 799 Tyler Street

PENNSYLVANIA
Beaver Falls- Safelite AutoGlass; 2400 9th Avenue
Duncansville- Safelite AutoGlass; 2240 Plank Road
Greensburg- Safelite AutoGlass; 300 West Pittsburgh Street
Sewickley- Safelite AutoGlass; 205 Overlook Drive
Uniontown- Safelite AutoGlass; 1491 Pittsburgh Road

NEW YORK
Albany- Fiorello Bakery & Deli 1180 Western Ave
Albany- The Hollow Bar + Kitchen 79 N. Pearl Street
Albany- Sky Zone Albany; 50 Simmons Lane
Clifton Park- Zen Hair Studio on Main St.; 821 Main Street
Duanesburg- Rosa Villa 3932 Western Turnpike
Glenville- Mohawk Honda 175 Freeman’s Bridge Road
Glenville- Fogg's Automotive 642 Saratoga Road
Glenville- Manhattan Bistro & Bagel 123 Saratoga Road (Route 50 in Socha Plaza)
Guilderland- K&C Salon 2511 Western Ave
Kingston- Safelite AutoGlass 650 Ulster Ave
Latham-Safelite AutoGlass 881 Old Albany Shaker Road
Latham- Northway Toyota 727 New Louden Road
Plattsburg- Safelite AutoGlass 186 Margaret Street
Queensbury- Safelite AutoGlass 20 Main Street
Schenectady- Metro Ford of Schenectady 3601 State Street
Schenectady- Michael's Shoe Service & The Last Gentleman Co.; 1728 Union Street
Schenectady- Gershon's Deli 1600 Union Street
Schenectady Manhattan Exchange 607 Union Street
Schenectady- Union Cafe 1725 Union Street
Scotia- Visco's Pizza 149 Vley Road
Vestal- Safelite AutoGlass 313 Vestal Pkwy E.
Yorkville- Safelite AutoGlass 701 Oriskany Blvd

VERMONT
Williston-@Safelite AutoGlass 7 Adams Drive
White Junction River- Safelite AutoGlass 669 North Main Street
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Thank you to everyone who stepped up to help the woman who unexpectedly inherited her eight relative children a few days ago. She came in this morning and was overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. The children now have warm coats, blankets and other items, as well as enough food to last through the weekend. We will be seeing her again on Monday morning to come up with a plan of action that will sustain the children and herself, until other, longer-term forms of support can be obtained.

A special thank you to two of our Board Members Don Capone and Lieutenant Frank Graniero. These two individuals have not only acted as great leaders during this time, but have also spent countless hours going over case files, packaging emergency aid, working with volunteers and providing all-around support when we needed them most.

Traci Brooks and Claudia Gray-Nilsen have also acted as great leaders during this time, working with families, managing cases, pulling night shifts and performing emergency deliveries to families at-risk of a Child Protective Services Intervention. Though they are both past the point of exhaustion, they continue to break through every barrier they face, providing an invaluable service to the Capital Region’s most vulnerable children.

To everyone who has donated and to those who are still shopping for children you committed yourself to sponsoring, you are all incredible! Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to provide countless children with the items they needed to prevent them from being removed from their non-abusive relatives.

We still have a long way to go but we ARE getting these families to where they need to be. Together, we are showing these children, that what they have endured, does not define who they grow up to be.

Thank you!
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You asked and we answered. We now have Wish Tags in five states! Stop into one of these businesses to pick up a Wish Tag and fulfill the wish of a child in crisis.

MARYLAND
Cumberland- Safelite AutoGlass 10218B Mt. Savage Road NW

MASSACHUSETTS
Pittsfield MA- Safelite AutoGlass 799 Tyler Street

PENNSYLVANIA
Beaver Falls- Safelite AutoGlass; 2400 9th Avenue
Duncansville- Safelite AutoGlass; 2240 Plank Road
Greensburg- Safelite AutoGlass; 300 West Pittsburgh Street
Sewickley- Safelite AutoGlass; 205 Overlook Drive
Uniontown- Safelite AutoGlass; 1491 Pittsburgh Road

NEW YORK
Albany- Fiorello Bakery & Deli 1180 Western Ave
Albany- The Hollow Bar + Kitchen 79 N. Pearl Street
Albany- Sky Zone Albany; 50 Simmons Lane
Clifton Park- Zen Hair Studio on Main St.; 821 Main Street
Duanesburg- Rosa Villa 3932 Western Turnpike
Glenville- Mohawk Honda 175 Freeman’s Bridge Road
Glenville- Fogg's Automotive 642 Saratoga Road
Glenville- Manhattan Bistro & Bagel 123 Saratoga Road (Route 50 in Socha Plaza)
Guilderland- K&C Salon 2511 Western Ave
Kingston- Safelite AutoGlass 650 Ulster Ave
Latham-Safelite AutoGlass 881 Old Albany Shaker Road
Latham- Northway Toyota 727 New Louden Road
Plattsburg- Safelite AutoGlass 186 Margaret Street
Queensbury- Safelite AutoGlass 20 Main Street
Schenectady- Metro Ford of Schenectady 3601 State Street
Schenectady- Michael's Shoe Service & The Last Gentleman Co.; 1728 Union Street
Schenectady- Gershon's Deli 1600 Union Street
Schenectady Manhattan Exchange 607 Union Street
Schenectady- Union Cafe 1725 Union Street
Scotia- Visco's Pizza 149 Vley Road
Vestal- Safelite AutoGlass 313 Vestal Pkwy E.
Yorkville- Safelite AutoGlass 701 Oriskany Blvd

VERMONT
Williston-@Safelite AutoGlass 7 Adams Drive
White Junction River- Safelite AutoGlass 669 North Main Street
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We just met with a woman who borrowed a coat from someone and walked here from across Schenectady, to sign up for holiday gifts. She has one child of her own and unexpectedly inherited eight relative children a couple of days ago. The children do not have coats, winter clothing, etc., and are greatly in need of food! There are nine children in the household and they are in desperate need of assistance. If you are able to help, their Wish Tags are on their way to Visco's Pizza in Scotia.

If anyone is able to help, we will deliver the items to the family immediately due to the severity of the situation. The family number is W196.

We thank you in advance for your support of children in crisis.
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