News release:  Watervliet Arsenal answers community's call for support - Dec. 21, 2012
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News release: Watervliet Arsenal answers community's call for support - Dec. 21, 2012

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The Watervliet Arsenal heard the community’s call for support this holiday season and it responded, as it has for nearly 200 years, with workers reaching deep into their pockets to provide support ...

The Watervliet Arsenal heard the community’s call for support this holiday season and it responded, as it has for nearly 200 years, with workers reaching deep into their pockets to provide support to hundreds of Albany-area children, as well as to national non-profit organizations. The Arsenal raised nearly $60,000 in the way of cash, toys, and clothes for the Troy Salvation Army, City of Watervliet Head Start Program, and for the Combined Federal Campaign.

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News release:  Watervliet Arsenal answers community's call for support - Dec. 21, 2012 News release: Watervliet Arsenal answers community's call for support - Dec. 21, 2012 Document Transcript

  • U.S. ARMY WATERVLIET ARSENAL NEWS RELEASE John B. Snyder Public Affairs Officer U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Building 10, Room 102 Watervliet, NY 12189 Dec. 21, 2012 (518) 266-5055 Arsenal answers the community’s call for supportWATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. -- The Arsenal heard the community’s call for support this holidayseason and it responded, as it has for nearly 200 years, with workers reaching deep into theirpockets to provide support to hundreds of Albany-area families, as well as to national non-profitorganizations. The Arsenal raised nearly $60,000 in the way of cash, toys, and clothes for the TroySalvation Army, City of Watervliet Head Start Program, and for the Combined Federal Campaign.“This was our 23rd year of collecting toys for the Troy Salvation Army and by far it was our bestyear in recent memory,” said Tim Ostrowski, the union president of the National Federation ofFederal Employees Local 2109 that operates on the Arsenal. “We thought that we did well last yearhaving collected 600 toys, but this year’s efforts provided the Troy Salvation Army more than 700toys and a $400 check for the community’s children.”Maj. Paula Loveless, from the Troy Salvation Army, said that they were in serious trouble this yearuntil the Arsenal stepped in.“About 10 days ago, we had 875 kids to support and only 40 of those were covered by donations,”Loveless said. “I told my husband that we weren’t going to make it.”“The Arsenal’s donation was unbelievable and we can’t thank them (Arsenal workforce) enough fortaking the time to shop for such beautiful gifts for the kids,” Loveless said.Loveless added that the community has also stepped forward in the last few days to help them outand that nearly all the children will be provided for this holiday season. She said that others haverecently come forward and that they are on a waiting list for support.NFFE Local 2109 spearheaded the Salvation Army collection on the Watervliet Arsenal. -more-
  • The Arsenal’s Historical Society and the Federal Managers Association sponsored the City ofWatervliet Head Start Holiday Program this year, having supported 18 families, which included 46kids. Arsenal employees selected one or more children from a list and then shopped for clothing andtoys for the kids. The added, personal touch here is that each gift was personally wrapped, as if itwas a gift for one of their family members.The Arsenal also closed out its Combined Federal Campaign this month.Arsenal CFC Coordinator Shannon Lischak announced to the workforce that through their effortsthe Arsenal was able to raise nearly $46,000 for the 2012 campaign. ###Photo and cutline:Arsenal helped the community to overcome a shortage of toys this year by collecting more than 700toys and $400 for the Troy Salvation Army. Arsenal’s union, NFFE Local #2109, spearheaded thisevent. From left, Charlie Hannan, Maj. Steven Loveless, Maj. Paula Loveless, Col. Mark Migaleddi,Jim Grenier, Beth Myers, Laurie Vroman, and union president, Tim Ostrowski.http://bit.ly/12tOzC2