NYSEG Employees Spread Holiday Spirit Through Annual Toy Drive

Company partners with the Family & Children’s Society of Broome County to provide gifts to children who may otherwise go without during the holidays

Binghamton, N.Y. — December 18, 2020 — New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) employees in the Binghamton area continued their holiday gift giving tradition again this year, adapting to COVID restrictions and while many were working from home.

“We want to do our part to make sure that every child has a gift to open this holiday season,” said Lori Cole, a Manager of Regulatory & Tariffs at NYSEG, who is also a member of the Binghamton Area employee ‘Booster Team.’

For more than 30 years, NYSEG employees have been collecting toys to give to children throughout the community around the holidays. This year, gifts were collected for 73 children ranging in age from one month to 17 years old. The gift requests were organized through the Family and Children’s Society of Broome County.

The Booster Team has traditionally set up holiday trees with tags for each child’s wish list. Employees would take tags, purchase the item, and return the wrapped gifts to the office. With many employees working from home, employees got creative and utilized technology to promote the toy drive and organize the tags.

“Despite challenges related to Coronavirus, we’re glad we were able to collect so many gifts for these children,” said Cole. “We know a lot of families have been impacted by the pandemic and the holidays might be challenging for some families. We also want them to know they are cared for by the NYSEG team and we were happy to do our part to spread some holiday joy.”

The gifts were delivered to the Family and Children’s Society of Broome County on Monday, before making their way to homes across the area, where they will bring smiles to many faces on Christmas morning. 

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About NYSEG: New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1852, NYSEG operates approximately 35,000 miles of electric distribution lines and 4,500 miles of electric transmission lines across more than 40% of upstate New York. It also operates more than 8,150 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines and 20 miles of gas transmission pipelines. It serves approximately 894,000 electricity customers and 266,000 natural gas customers. For more information, visit nyseg.com.

About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $35 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. With headquarters in Orange, Connecticut, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States.

AVANGRID employs approximately 6,600 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2019 and 2020 by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com.

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