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Article written by Jennifer Storms

Clancy Movers Support Healthy Families NY is Becoming an Annual Tradition!

Clancy Moving Systems donated a truck and two men today for the second year in a row to help benefit the Hudson Valley’s Healthy Families New York annual Gifts for Kids Program.  The program started eight years ago, coordinated by Melissa Luongo of Poughkeepsie, NY, began by helping thirty children in the community in need, who might not otherwise get a gift for Christmas.  Fast forward those eight years, and the organization this year helped 173 children receive gifts for Christmas.

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The first picture shows Clancy employees Chris T., Nate W., Move Coordinator Jennifer Storms and HV HFNY organizer Melissa Luongo.

People from all over the country donated to this program by purchasing gifts including clothing, toys, puzzles and books.  Each donator was assigned a child (or children), given their name, age, size and interests.  The goal is to give each child an outfit and toy (s) for Christmas.  So many people reached out to help, that there were more donators than children this year.

The Healthy Families New York Home Visiting Program offers home-based services to expectant families and new parents, beginning prenatally or shortly after the birth of the child. Participants are screened to identify risk factors and stress that the new family may face. Families who participate in the program are offered long-term in-home services until the child is in school or Head Start.  The Healthy Families New York Home Visiting Program is a comprehensive prevention program that focuses on the safety of children while at the same time supporting families. The services are easily accessible to isolated, at-risk families and are respectful of cultural and community diversity.

Clancy’s helpers this year were Nate W., Chris T. and Move Coordinator Jennifer Storms.  Nate and Chris picked up and loaded a room full of presents from two locations, along with the help of community friends, and delivered them to Healthy Families in Poughkeepsie, NY.  The presents will be distributed to the children by their assigned caseworker.  All gifts remain anonymous.

You can learn more about Healthy Families New York on the web by visiting: http://www.healthyfamiliesnewyork.org/

Merry Christmas!