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Seniors put the squeeze on giving

Loudonville Home makes stuffed animals focus of holiday charity drive

Esther Jasinski, 91, puts a teddy bear in the donations box for the teddy bear donation drive at the Loudonville Home for Adults.

Esther Jasinski, 91, puts a teddy bear in the donations box for the teddy bear donation drive at the Loudonville Home for Adults. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

Since the drive started, the donation box has already been filled with more than 100 teddy bears. She said they have mostly been anonymous donations, and also have come from residents’ families, staff and even Build-A-Bear.

“We’re not really looking for any number (of bears). We’re just thankful for whatever we’re able to receive from the community to give back to the children,” she said.

The teddy bears will be distributed on Christmas Day to residential clients at both Parsons and Northeast, according to Beatrice Gioeni, records coordinator at the Department of Quality Management for the agency.

“A lot of kids like stuffed animals,” Gioeni said. “I think it’s more of a comfort thing for the kids that we work with.”

Esther Jasinksi, a 91-year-old resident at the Loudonville Home for Adults, said she’s “very happy” with this year’s donation drive.

“That’s wonderful to give to the kids on Christmas Day. I’m glad to see they’re collecting for the children,” Jasinski said. “Everybody loves teddy bears. Little kids, medium kids, boys, girls, they all love teddy bears.”

Teddy bear donations can be dropped off at the Loudonville Home for Adults at 298 Albany-Shaker Road in Loudonville through Friday, Dec. 14.

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