Cuomo administration comes to Utica with toys for kids

Kids all across the region are going to be treated to an early Christmas present or two this year – thanks to New York state.

Posted: Dec. 14, 2018 1:48 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Kids all across the region are being treated to an early Christmas present this year – thanks to New York state.

Roann Destito, the commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services, made the trip to Utica to hand out some gifts to the not-for-profit agency 'Kids Oneida.'

Destito and other members of Governor Cuomo’s Administration are handing out toys Friday that have been collected at state office buildings across the state since Thanksgiving.

Kids Oneida provides services to the high-risk youth with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, and they will distribute the toys to local families in their adopt-a-family program.

"As the agency has seen some growth we've also seen the need to grow as a community. But it's not, for us -- it's not the volume of presents and what we do as an agency. It's that one individual child, or that one individual parent or adult. If one present makes a difference, brightens up their holiday season, we know all the effort has been worth it,” said Kids Oneida Executive Director Steve Bulger.

Besides toys, school supplies and coats and other winter clothing items were collected at sites across the state.

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