First New York FCU and Catholic Charities Tri-County Services announce Toilet Paper Take Down

ALBANY, NY (December 11, 2023)First New York Federal Credit Union will present Catholic Charities Tri-County  Services with a donation of over 12,000 toilet paper rolls transformed into several large Christmas trees. Together, both  organizations will dismantle the trees and take the toilet paper donations to Catholic Charities Tri-County Services’ five  Capital Region food pantries and two soup kitchens. 

Members of the media and dignitaries are invited to attend the Toilet Paper Take Down event.  First New York Headquarters at 2 Wall Street, Albany, NY 12205 on Wednesday, December 13, at 10 AM. 

This is an excellent video and photo opportunity. That morning we will knock down the toilet paper trees, creating a  unique cascade of toilet paper rolls, and start moving the huge pile out to Catholic Charities Tri-County Services. 

“We are so grateful to the team at First New York Federal Credit Union for once more making this annual event such a  huge success,” said Catholic Charities of the Albany Diocese CEO Sister Betsy Van Deusen, CSJ. “This partnership has  been a blessing to so many and has been a tangible reminder to people that together we can make a difference.  Throughout the Diocese of Albany people come in for bare essentials and efforts like this offer dignity, compassion and  real help for our neighbors!”  

This charitable gift will help Catholic Charities Tri-County Services accommodate the 15-20% increase in individuals  requiring their services. More specifically, local families and individuals in most need and unable to receive personal care  items under Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  

As of December 5, 2023, First New York and Catholic Charities Tri-County Services surpassed last year’s Toilet Paper  Drive donation with 12,220 rolls of toilet paper through the generous support of their members, staff, and community.  Hummel’s Office Plus donated cases of toilet paper as well as offering a deeply discounted price on cases purchased for  the drive. In addition, generous donations were made by The Brick House Bakery in Cobleskill and Alchar Printing in  Troy. 

“Over the past seven years, First New York Federal Credit Union has consistently demonstrated their generosity and  steadfast commitment to our community through their annual Toilet Paper drive. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to  the entire First New York team for rallying their employees and members to participate,” said Jenn Hyde, Executive  Director of Catholic Charities Tri-County Services. “Our clients are genuinely thankful for your giving hearts. Donations  will be distributed to our five food pantries and two soup kitchens located throughout urban and rural Albany and  Rensselaer Counties.”

About First New York Federal Credit Union

Founded in 1937, First New York Federal Credit Union is a full-service not-for-profit financial cooperative providing  banking and lending services to consumers and businesses in the Capital Region. First New York offers a suite of  complete financial including checking and savings accounts, mobile and online banking, auto and home loans, credit  cards, commercial lending and investment services. First New York has over $450 million in assets and serves 35,000+  members with full-service branches in Albany, Cobleskill, Glenville, Halfmoon, Niskayuna, North Greenbush, Rotterdam,  and Saratoga. Members can also access 5,600+ shared branch locations and 30,000+ fee-free ITM/ATMs nationwide. For  more information, call 518-393-1326, extension 1800, visit

About Catholic Charities Tri-County Services

Catholic Charities Tri-County Services operates essential programs that serve people in need or living in poverty  throughout rural and urban Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer counties. These programs are designed to address basic  needs and provide necessary youth services, along with financial literacy and asset building. Catholic Charities serves  and empowers persons in need, regardless of race, creed, religion, or lifestyle. Catholic Charities Tri-County Services is  an agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany.  

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany is one of the largest, private social services organizations in the region,  serving 14 counties around the Capital District across some 10,000 square miles. Last year, an estimated 100,000 people  turned to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany for assistance.  

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First New York Federal Credit Union 
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