Swiss Re Donates 314 Thanksgiving Boxes to Family Services of Westchester Clients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/28/11

Swiss Re Donates 314 Thanksgiving Boxes to Family Services of Westchester  Clients

                ARMONK – For the sixth year in a row, employees at Swiss Re, a global reinsurer with headquarters for the Americas in Armonk, worked together to create hundreds of Thanksgiving Boxes for needy families served by Family Services of Westchester.  165 employees created 314 boxes for this year’s drive, which was spearheaded by Deborah Bernard, Vice President of Finance, and Leslie Cassale, Vice President of IT. The two women started collecting donations and planning food purchases in August. Swiss Re made a corporate contribution of $4,000, which was supplemented by $3,300 in food and cash donations from individual employees. Each box costs about $23 to put together and included enough food to feed a family of four for the Thanksgiving Day weekend.  Four boxes of food, formula and paper goods were also given to Head Start families, who along with program participants in Early Head Start, Universal Pre-K and Prime Time Special Ed Preschool in White Plains as well as Early Childhood Respite in Yonkers, were the beneficiaries of the Swiss Re Thanksgiving Drive.

“We are thrilled that so many Swiss Re employees are willing to participate in this worthwhile effort  every year,”  says Bernard, who began the initiative in 2005 with the collection and purchase of enough food to fill 85 boxes.  “I think our employees realize how this tough economy has had a negative impact on needy families and are grateful to have the opportunity to make a contribution,” adds Bernard.    

                “In these difficult times, when corporations, like families and nonprofits, are facing financial challenges, job lay-offs and budget cuts, the generosity of Swiss Re employees in the Thanksgiving Day drive for FSW families is inspiring and humbling,” says Gerry Goldberg, Director of Volunteers and Development Outreach.

Family Services of Westchester is a non-profit agency founded in 1954. Through its 50 social service and mental health programs, the organization serves 30,000 people a year. To learn more about the agency’s services, check out its website at www.fsw.org.

Press Contact: Colleen D. Gardephe, cgardephe@fsw.org, (914) 305-6836