Holiday Helpers: South Colonie Transportation Department Delivers Food to Families

Thirteen adults stand alongside a South Colonie School bus, most have Santa hats and festive sweaters. They are all smiling.
South Colonie’s Holiday Helpers

For the past five years, South Colonie’s transportation department has participated in a food delivery initiative centered around the holiday season. Transportation Director, Brian Sim; along with Supervisor of Special Programs, Bill Boardman, and the members of the South Colonie bus garage, were able to collect enough food to deliver a full box to 30 families throughout the district. Each box included nonperishable items such as pasta and canned goods, as well as a fresh ham, snacks, candy, and cake mix, to carry families through the holiday season.

“Our drivers have special relationships with a lot of our students and families,” said Transportation Director Brian Sim.  “This was one way for us to showcase how much they mean to us, and to give our staff a much anticipated avenue to give back to their community every year.” 

Three South COlonie bus drivers are standing on a front lawn in a neighborhood. Two are carrying boxes full of food awaiting the family inside the house. Two are approaching the door in festive gear.
Holiday Food Distribution Program in full swing

The ongoing backing for this program has been steadfast, thanks to the unwavering support of both present and retired members of the South Colonie transportation staff, as well as contributions from external sources. Hannaford Supermarkets, for instance, generously donated half of the fresh hams distributed to families this year. This contribution empowered the transportation team to reallocate their remaining funds, ensuring that every box received additional food items beyond the initial plan.

“For me, the highlight of this campaign is definitely going door to door. There’s something special about seeing the kids eagerly open up and witnessing the joy on their faces when we present them with a generous box of food,” Sim said. “The distribution phase of this initiative never fails to brighten my day. Many of us dress up in festive attire, and we play cheerful music over the bus’s loudspeaker when we make stops to drop off the food. Despite the early start, everyone is wearing a smile, and that infectious joy truly resonates with the families we have the privilege of surprising.”

South Colonie Bus driver sitting at the wheel of the bus wearing a Santa hat.
South Colonie gets in the giving spirit!

Donations are collected throughout the months prior to the long holiday break, in hopes to distribute them to families before school is out. “We would love to partner with other families and maybe even local businesses next holiday season to make this an even bigger event for our students and their families. Donations are always welcome and accepted!”  added Sim. 

The South Colonie Transportation Department plans to continue this beloved holiday tradition for years to come, in hopes to make a difference in the lives of as many community members as possible.