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 Bringing Cheer to Our Children's Hospital One Green Box at a Time

These bright green boxes of cheer come with the magical power to put huge smiles on the faces of sick children.

Called “Cheeriodicals,” they are filled with magazines, toys, puzzles, crafts and goodies for children to enjoy – and recently delighted 150 kids at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, thanks to the generosity of a caring dad and his team at Northwestern Mutual – Capital Region.

Northwestern Mutual - Capital Region packed and delivered the Cheeriodicals to Albany Med. Each Cheeriodical had a hand-signed note from the team that put it together. Big smile appeared on the faces of kids and parents who got to enjoy the magazines, toys and games inside the big green box.
The team from Northwestern Mutual - Capital Region packed, delivered and handed out the big green boxes of cheer to every child at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Med.

"As the father of three, I can't imagine the heart ache of seeing your child in pain as they battle childhood cancer and other diseases,” said Alex Tronco, managing partner, Northwestern Mutual—Capital Region. “Our hope is that by bringing a smile to a child, we can bring a smile to the entire family.”

Dozens of Mr. Tronco’s Northwestern Mutual—Capital Region employees gathered before the delivery of a truck-load of Cheeriodicals to assemble each treasure trove, prompting one employee to note that each box was “put together with love.”

With assistance from Albany-based Schaap Moving Systems, the Northwestern Mutual team delivered 150 boxes to patients at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med,  the only hospital that treats children in 25 counties of northeastern New York and western New England.

“Eva played with her wind-up monkey for hours,” said Angelique Scotto of Afton, NY, whose 6-year-old daughter is a patient at the children’s hospital. “That one little toy brought her such joy. Thank you!”

The Tronco family shares a long-time commitment to the children’s hospital.  Mr. Tronco said, noting: “We have always supported Albany Med financially, but this is a great way for all of our employees to really get involved -- to bring a little bit of sunshine to the children and give them a little bit of distraction from why they are in the hospital.”

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