by Alyssa D’Agosto
The season of giving is upon us. For those that don’t know, #GivingTuesday, started in 2012 as a movement that takes place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving to spark the Holiday Season of giving and cheer. While the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and buying presents takes over gift-giver’s minds, it’s important to take a moment and think about what exactly the season of giving really means.
We asked people in our agency what giving means to them. While a lot of people had the same general definition, one quote stuck out to us. Gabriella Nuara, Program Manager of our Day Habilitation Program said “Giving means sharing what you have with others, even if that means you’re left with nothing. It means sharing your experience, your knowledge, your success, and your failures. Each day, I try to give my staff the opportunity to be the best they could be. I willingly give my time to listen to their concerns about the day to day or their thoughts about how we can better assist those we support in our program. After hearing their concerns and thoughts, I give them my attention, time, experience, and knowledge, to find solutions, to be proactive, and to assist them in growing in the professional world. At one point, I had mentors here at PCCS to guide me to be a better person and DSP, and because of their guidance and the amount of knowledge they gave me, I was able to get promoted…not once, or twice, but three times! Without them, I would not be where I am today! So now it is time for me to give back!”
With the season upon us, PCCS is actively giving back to the community in a special way. Each year, PCCS runs a holiday drive for over 350 students at PS 373R, the Robert Randall School, by purchasing gifts that each student has specifically asked for. Year after year, the number of children receiving gifts increases due to the great amount of support from our community has increased with each passing year. The look of joy and gratitude on the students’ faces make it worth it to come back every year. Looking for a way to give back on this Giving Tuesday? You could help us reach our goal of $5,000 to buy specifically requested presents for these students and faculty members. Just $10 covers one student, or $150 for a class. Help us spread some holiday cheer this year and donate here- www.pccsny.org/holiday-drive/.