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Baystate Financial Donates Gifts for 100 Worcester Kids in Need

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Baystate Financial, one of the oldest and largest financial firms in New England, partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) this holiday season to provide presents for 100 children in need in the Greater Worcester community.

“This toy drive is something we look forward to at Baystate Financial Services each year,” said Robert Cosenza, Managing Associate, Baystate Financial. “We are proud to support the Department of Children & Families and provide gifts to help put smiles on the faces of local children this winter.”

Baystate Financial’s 25 Worcester associates provided several wrapped gifts for each child based on his or her age and personal “wish list.” This is the 10th year Baystate Financial has donated to DCF, but the firm has made giving a centerpiece of its mission since even earlier in its history.

Founded in 1999, Baystate Financial Charitable Foundation (BFCF) is committed to supporting existing community based children’s charities in the communities in which Baystate Financial does business. The Foundation’s goal is to raise money and awareness in order to make a positive impact in the day to day lives of children in need.

"I've been with the firm since 2003 and we've done it every year that I've been here," said Baystate Marketing Director Jill Constantine, who sits on the board of the BFCF. "We try and make it a firm-wide project."

Maureen Wholey, executive assistant to the managing partner at Baystate who also sits on the BFCF board, said social workers from DCF pick up the gifts from the firm's offices and then deliver them to the families of the children in the days leading up to Christmas.

The children receiving those gifts range in age from 8 weeks to 20 years, and their wish lists span almost as broad a range.

"Some of them want a Wii, and some of them want a onesie," said Constantine.

While there are no limits set on Baystate associates when the annual toy drive rolls around, some of the firm's members will donate gifts for up to 10 or 15 children.

"Part of our mission is supporting community-based children's charities in the communites where we are," Constantine said. "This is the one event that the entire agnecy feels like they can contribute to."

For more information or to get involved, visit www.baystatefoundation.org.


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