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Cops enforce holiday spirit

County Sheriff’s department donates sleigh-load of gifts to families

Schenectady County Sheriff Dominick Dagostino and department staff, on Wednesday, Dec. 19, presented donated gifts to families in need at the Glenville YMCA.

Schenectady County Sheriff Dominick Dagostino and department staff, on Wednesday, Dec. 19, presented donated gifts to families in need at the Glenville YMCA. Photo by John Purcell.

— After she left Clifton Park, she was unsure what she would do to find help. Anderson asked for miscellaneous items her daughters wanted, such as beanbag chairs, but gift organizers kept asking her what she wanted for herself, too.

“I really don’t need or want anything,” she said. “It is one thing for people to help with the children’s’ gifts, but it totally blew my mind that they wanted to help me.”

She said the miscellaneous items a household needs add up quick, such as towels, bed sheets and backpacks.

The gift drive also saw the collection of items for the Rotterdam Boys & Girls Club and sent items Downstate to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Dagostino said helping out is an important mission of law enforcement.

“It is certainly very, very fulfilling and happy to see families like this have a holiday season that everybody should have,” Dagostino said. “We take a special pride in this.”

Prior to becoming a police officer, Dagostino ran an after school program at a youth center in Colonie. Working with children is something he’s always enjoyed, he said, so keeping that connection is important to him.

“As I’ve gone on in my law enforcement career, that sometimes is taking a back seat,” Dagostino said, “so whenever you are able to come back and experience things like this … it is special."

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