Family & Children’s Association Brings Holiday Joy to Long Islanders in Need

City MD employees present holiday donations to FCA family.

For more than a decade Mineola nonprofit Family & Children’s Association (FCA) has organized their successful Adopt-a-Family campaign, spreading good cheer to some of Long Island’s most vulnerable families during the holiday season.

Now in its 11th year, the initiative provides opportunities for individuals, families, schools, organizations and corporations to donate gifts to FCA families in need. Participants may also “adopt” an individual or an entire FCA program.

Items are distributed according to a wish list of essential items needed. To date, more than 100 families per year have received presents, including clothing, televisions, tablets, home goods and toys. Among the donors who have contributed are Northwell Health, City MD, Burn Elementary School, Notre Dame Parish, SupplyHouse and Paw it Forward.

“Seeing the reaction of someone who has received a gift during the campaign is priceless,” said Marisa Paladino, FCA Special Events Coordinator. “Our seniors are especially grateful to be remembered and are often left speechless when witnessing the mounds of presents that come in. Tears of joy commonly accompany the thanks!”

Commenting on the Adopt-a-Family campaign, FCA President and CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, said, “This initiative is a shining example of community spirit at its best. A heartfelt thanks to our generous donors who have helped brighten the holiday season for so many individuals in need.”

For more information on contributing to FCA’s Adopt-a-Family campaign, visit

Family & Children’s Association is a nonprofit agency helping nearly 20,000 of our neighbors each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.

Through an integrated network of services and counseling, Family & Children’s Association provides help and hope to under-served and disadvantaged individuals struggling to build better lives. The agency offers Addiction Treatment and Behavioral Health Services; Educational Opportunities and Life Skills for Youth; Strategies for Building Family Success; Counseling, Services and Support for Adults and Seniors; Shelter and Services for Homeless Youth, Adults and Veterans; and Innovative Approaches to Strengthening Communities.

Family & Children’s Association has been nationally recognized as a model of excellence, fiscally sound, well-managed and possessing an impeccable reputation in providing community-based social services. The agency embraces more than 200 individual volunteers, corporate groups, community groups and sponsors who join together to be part of something bigger than them.

For more information about Family & Children’s Association, visit

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