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Ronald McDonald House, National Grid team up for holidays

National Grid employees, from left to right: John McGraw, Dave Campbell, Ken Brann, Dan DeMauro, Zak Pienkowski, Jeff Davis and Kevin Feeney.

National Grid employees, from left to right: John McGraw, Dave Campbell, Ken Brann, Dan DeMauro, Zak Pienkowski, Jeff Davis and Kevin Feeney. Provided

— Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York and volunteers from National Grid teamed up for the first time Thurday, Dec. 8, to decorate the Central New York Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse with outdoor, energy-efficient holiday lighting.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York is building a new, larger handicap-accessible House that will allow the organization to help keep even more families with seriously ill children together. This year’s holiday decorating marks the last year the organization will celebrate the holidays at its current location where it has cared for guest families for nearly 30 years.

About CNY Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY operates the 16-bedroom CNY Ronald McDonald House 24-hours a day, year-round as a “home away from home” for families whose children are hospitalized with serious illnesses or injuries. For more information or to donate, visit cnyronaldmcdonald....

About National Grid

National Grid is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., with approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. For more information, visit nationalgridus.com.

“Our doors remain open throughout the holidays for families whose children are hospitalized or receiving medical treatment in Syracuse for serious illnesses and injuries,” said Beth Trunfio, executive director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York. “Organizations and companies, such as National Grid, are helping to make the holidays a little better for those families who have to be away from their homes during this time. We are thankful for the unwavering support we continue to receive from the community and for their help in keeping families together.”

National Grid volunteers from the company’s Syracuse-based U.S. finance team assembled today to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York and the company’s commitment to community outreach and volunteerism.

National Grid volunteers also prepared food, holiday cookies and delicious treats for guest families. Tom Baron, Program Manager for Residential Energy Efficiency for National Grid, was on hand to offer helpful energy efficiency and safety tips including more environmentally friendly and cost-effective ways customers can benefit from this holiday season.

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