Help a Child in Need

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.

Our Video Tells the Story

Help a Child in Need

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.

Our Video Tells the Story

Help Us to Reach Our Urgent Fundraising Goal!

Our Fundraising Goal: $20,000 for our Rooftop Heating Unit

1% funded
heating unit destroyed by lightning

Rooftop heating unit hit by lightning. Click to view larger image.

One of the organization’s rooftop heating units is in desperate need of replacement.

Rooftop units typically last 10-15 years, ours is over 25 years old and was recently hit by lightning.

PMA Mechanical generously worked on the unit to keep it running for the next couple of months, but the unit is in desperate need of replacement. The cost of a replacement unit, plus the crane to get it on top of the roof, is estimated to be approximately $20,000.

Please, help us avoid future loss by contributing toward the cost of a new rooftop unit.

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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Founder’s Story

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21 hours ago

Things of My Very Own

URGENT

We have a heartbroken mother in our reception area who is struggling greatly. For the past six years, she had been providing in-home care to both of her parents and her two children. The grandfather passed and less than a month later, the grandmother had also passed. The back-to-back losses were too much and sent mom into a downward spiral of depression, impacting her ability to work. The power was shut off to the home but a diagnosis of "failure to thrive" from their pediatric office, has got it turned back on temporarily. Mom and her two children are in desperate need of basic essentials as she seeks grief counseling.

Family #3712019

11-year-old boy
Shirts: 5T boys (yes, this is correct)
Pants: 5T boys
Pajamas: 5T boys
Undergarments: 5T
Shoes: 3y

12-year-old girl
Shirts: 14/16
Pants: 14/16
Pajamas: 14/16
Undergarments: 16
Shoes: (not needed)

Notes: Family is in need of clothing, twin-sized bedding and basic hygiene supplies. Due to the recent loss this family faced, anything to cheer up the children will be greatly appreciated.

Things of My Very Own has negotiated with companies and is able to purchase many of these needed items at a fraction of retail prices. For this reason, monetary donations go MUCH further. Please make a monetary donation today to help provide this family with the items they need to support them during their time of grieving.

If you have any of the items on-hand, donations may be brought or mailed to the following address:

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

Donation drop-off hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-noon.

We thank you in advance for helping these children through their healing process.
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This week we were privileged to meet one of our new favorite people in the world, a little boy whose favorite word is “yay”. His family had been referred by another agency but nothing on the paperwork could have prepared us for the glorious moments ahead.

At first he would clap and cheer at everything we did. By the time he left, several employees, volunteers and guests were clapping along, all cheering “yay!”, for no reason other than profound appreciation of life.

One little boy had transformed an entire crisis center into a sports arena and everyone was winning the game. It was a thrilling experience for us all. Thanks to your support, he and the members of his family now have everything they need to start over again, giving this little boy even more to cheer about.

Thank you. 💕
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A "SUPER" URGENT CASE

We have an urgent case involving a nine-month-old little girl whose mother is addicted to crack-cocaine. The mother abandoned the child but Super Dad has stepped up and is ready to change this little girls world.

Super Family #3642019

Nine-month-old sidekick (girl)
Tops: 12-months
Pants: 12-months
Socks/Shoes: 12-months
Diapers: size 3

Notes: Not even kryptonite can get this dad down. He is THRILLED to take on this responsibility but even superheroes need help sometimes.

This beautiful baby girl needs everything to start over in her new home: a new crib, crib bedding, baby blankets, onesies, bottles, Similac Infant Formula, pacifiers, baby wash, baby lotion and some super cool clothing to fly in this summer.

Your monetary donation can help provide this invincible team with the items they need, to begin their safe venture here on planet Earth.

If you have any of the items on-hand, donations may be brought, flown or mailed to the following address:

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

Donation drop-off hours: Monday's, Wednesday's, Friday's and Saturday's from 9am-noon.

We thank you in advance for your help keeping this dynamic duo together.
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Charity Tag Sale!

Things of My Very Own’s annual indoor tag sale begins today!

Come shop our home decor, furniture, antiques, tools, craft supplies, clothing, shoes, adult themed items and other goods that have been donated, but that we can not distribute to help children in crisis.

All proceeds will go directly to aid children-in-crisis throughout the NYS Capital Region and its surrounding counties.

Date: Friday June 14th and Saturday June 15th

Time: 9am-2pm

Location: 249 Green Street, Schenectady NY 12305
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URGENT CASE

We have a mother in our interview room who has just recently escaped a heart-wrenching, physically abusive situation with her three children. She and her children were all physically traumatized by the children's father and are VERY lucky to have survived and escaped. The police took her out of the home and brought her and her children to a shelter outside of their area for safety. While the abuser is currently incarcerated, specific circumstances prevent her from returning to the area and re-entering the home.

Family # 3572019

13-year-old boy
Shirts: Men's small
Pants: Men's small
Undergarments: Men's small (prefers boxers)
Shoes: (not needed at this time)

10-year-old girl
Shirts: 14/16
Pants: 16
Undergarments: 16
Shoes: 3y

Seven-year-old
Shirts: 8
Pants: 8
Undergarment: 8 (prefers boxers)
Shoes: 2y

Notes: The two youngest children are currently without shoes. The family is currently in desperate need of clothing, shoes, feminine hygiene products (pads please) and personal hygiene products (shampoo, deodorant, etc.). The family will need mattresses and bedding by Friday when they are placed in their new residence.

Please make a monetary donation today to help provide these children with the items they need to begin their violence-free life.

If you have any of the items on-hand, donations may be brought or mailed to the following address:

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

Donation drop-off hours: Monday's, Wednesday's, Friday's and Saturday's from 9am-noon.

We thank you in advance for your help keeping this mother and her children safe.
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