Send a smile this holiday season


We at the Albany County Legislature’s Majority Office have started stocking up on new coats, blankets, clothes and toys to give to local families this holiday season.

Helping children and eating pasta makes us happy.

That’s why we – the staff at the Albany County Democratic Majority Office – thought we’d invite you to learn more about our long-running Adopt-A-Family Program and attend the upcoming Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser.

For more than three decades, Albany County has brightened the holiday season for disadvantaged children through its Adopt-A-Family Program. Chairman Sean Ward, Majority Leader Frank Commisso and several other Democrats in the Legislature are working extra hard this year to bring joy to dozens of families in Albany County. We recently received our first load of presents – coats, clothes, blankets and some toys. Albany County Legislator Robert Beston (D-Watervliet) delivered them in his truck.

The Majority Office recently started selling tickets to its annual Spaghetti Dinner, being held this year on Dec. 9. All proceeds from the event benefit the Adopt-A-Family Program, families throughout Albany County and residents of the Albany County Nursing Home, some of who have little or no contact with families.

Beston and his crew will prepare a delicious meal at the annual fundraising dinner, to be held from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Watervliet Elks Lodge, 501 Fourth Ave., Watervliet. Dinner features spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, salad, bread, coffee, tea, soda and homemade desserts. Legislators and staff will serve you. Tickets are $10. Kids under 12 eat free. Tickets are available by contacting your County Legislator, or us here at the Majority Office at 447-7117.

Majority Leader Commisso (D-Albany) has worked this program since its inception.

“I find it gratifying to be able to see the smiles on the children as they receive their gifts,” Commisso said. “Without this program, these children and families would feel a void.”

Legislators and staff are also selling $1 raffle tickets and holding an auction at the Dec. 9 dinner. If you cannot attend the dinner but would still like to help, you can call the Majority Office to sponsor a family or make a donation. The families participating in the Albany County Adopt-a-Family program have been identified by the Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families as needing assistance.

“The Adopt-A-Family Program is a fine example of what makes Albany County the caring community it is,” Chairman Ward said.


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