Al's Angels 2017

Al's Angels Comes to Greenburgh Academy
Posted on 12/19/2017
Al's Angels

On Tuesday, December 19th, Greenburgh Academy students were visited by a certain Santa Clause, carrying countless bags of toys, gifts, and of course the Christmas Spirit. This wasn't the first time Santa has visited Greenburgh Academy, a Special Acts School located in Northern Yonkers; in fact it's a tradition going back over ten years now. 


Al's Angels is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide moments of joy and comfort to families less fortunate. Over 140 Greenburgh students received gifts for the holiday season. Al's Angels was founded over 20 years ago by president and founder, Al DiGuido. Many of the kids seem to like the gift cards, some of them enjoy the toys, but if you ask the adults who work at Greenburgh, they'll tell you that most of the students seem to enjoy getting caught up in the holiday spirit, and to sit on Santa's lap while he asks them what they want for Christmas. 


The annual tradition was started by Noreen Degnan over 10 years ago, when she saw Al's Angels goal of helping others. Melissa Phillips, a Physical Education teacher at Greenburgh Academy, and Ms. Degnan spend weeks organizing lists of student names, scheduling dropoffs and communication between the school and Al's Angels, as well as decorating their classroom to help get kids in the holiday spirit.


"It's a lesson that goes both ways," said Noreen Degnan. "The Christmas spirit isn't about receiving presents, but about sharing what we have with those in need. Our kids at Greenburgh Academy often struggle around the holidays. Through this experience, they learn that there are people in the world who want to help those in need. 


And all that work and planning seems to all come together when Santa shows up to hand every child in the school a toy, a gift, and a few moments to show that there are people who care about others. 

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