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ANSI Staff Continues Annual "Season of Giving"

New York, Nov 24, 2003

Once again, ANSI staff has demonstrated an understanding of the holidays with their annual “season of giving.” Members of the ANSI team in both the New York and Washington, DC, offices are participating in food, clothing and toy drives during November and December 2003.

The ANSI Headquarters team contributed four boxes of food products to the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest public, non-profit food and nutrition education resource in the Metro Area. Through its network of more than 750 member-feeding programs, each year the organizations distributes millions of pounds of food to the community and educate thousands of local residents on hunger, poverty and nutrition issues.

ANSI’s New York City Operations office organized their 8th annual food and clothing drive along with 6th annual Beanie Baby drive for Santa Beanie. The contribution of four large boxes of canned goods and dry food items were again provided to City Harvest, the largest and oldest food rescue program in the world. The organization rescues food that otherwise would be wasted and delivers it to those who serve the hungry. This year’s contribution brings the total to nearly 50 boxes provided over the past eight years to City Harvest and the previous recipient of ANSI contributions, the Bowery Mission.

Santa Beanie is a loving network of folks (elves) who team together each year to collect and deliver beanie babies to children in hospitals, homes, shelters and clinics. The Santa Beanie network delivered over 3000 beanie toys to children in need last year; and more than 55 toys have already been collected from ANSI staff.

Commenting on the program, Sara Desautels, ANSI program manager, said, “When you stop and think that the beanie you donate might be the only toy that a child gets this Christmas, it really puts things in perspective for you.”

When asked to sum-up this year’s efforts, one of the 2003 coordinators, Sharon Phillips of the ANSI Publishing Department, said, “The generosity of staff has been absolutely staggering this year and people have rallied to the cause with such good-will and enthusiasm that it makes you proud to work with such wonderful people.”

ANSI extends its best wishes to its members and constituents for this holiday season!

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