A Schenectady based organization is looking for help to make holiday wishes come true for families in need

December 01, 2018 12:07 AM

Three years ago, Schenectady based Things of My Very Own incorporated a holiday wish tag program to their list of community services.

"The problem we're dealing with right now is that only about 40% of the wish tags are coming back so when the people take the wish tags they need to understand these children are depending on them" said Rayn Boncie, CEO of Things of My Very Own. 

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Since 2008, Things of my Very Own has been helping families and children impacted by abuse get the necessary items they need to survive,
the organizations founder, Rayn Boncie knows what this is like first hand after growing up in the foster care system and a being victim of abuse herself. 

"I was presented with a brown bag with brown twine handles and it contained a bottle of Tresemme shampoo and a hair brush, and I remember receiving the gift and crying for several weeks knowing that someone in the world cared about me" said Boncie.

Boncie says her experiences were the driving force behind starting their holiday program.
Each season families write a list of their wishes on tags, the tags are then brought to partner-ing businesses for community members to pick up and then return with the donations.
With thousands of tags still not returned, Boncie is worried they won't be able to help the families fulfill their wishes.

"These children aren't just hoping for holiday gifts these are the items that will prevent them from an unnecessary child protective services intervention" said Boncie.

The organization is referral based and doesn't receive any federal or state funding, they rely solely on donations and grants. Some program recipients say the items made all the difference in years past. 

"I wasn't working so I had no idea how I was able to make anything work, I was able to come down here and give them an amazing Christmas" said Danielle Torain, a Things of My Very Own recipient.

With so few items yet to be returned, Things of My Very Own is accepting donations of new toys, blankets and any items children may need to help supplement the wish tags. 

"These are the most inspiring individuals you will ever meet, they're just in unfortunate circumstances and they need our help" said Boncie.

"It was amazing to be able to provide my children with a Christmas at all" said Torain.


Brooke Selby

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