Holiday gifts: Jammella Anderson

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Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So we're again asking people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present, charities -- and wishes for the next year.

Next up: Jammella Anderson.

Jammella grew up in the Capital District and has lived in Albany for almost a decade. She works for the Albany Barn and she's also a yoga teacher and a barista.

When Jammella is not working she loves to hike, run, knit, and sing all the wrong words to her favorite songs.

What gifts would you like to get this year?
Time! That would be the most wonderful gift. But if I did have to pick, I would love camping gear. I'm planning a national parks road-trip for next summer with one of my best friends!

What gifts would you like to give this year?
I would have to say friendship. I feel like it sounds a little cheesy, but it's so easy to get wrapped up in our own lives and lose out on social interactions and meeting new people.

Craft nights and DIY nights are a really great place for that and there are a lot popping up all over the area. It's great being creative with other people, playing off of each other's ideas, and creating new relationships. You start to see how connected we all are.

I can't forget about yoga!! I want to encourage more people to try it. In the words of Drake, "whens the last time you've done something for the first time."

What charity would you like to support?
I recently found out about a local charity called Things of My Very Own. "Things of My Very Own, Inc. provides crisis intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect. Services are also available to children who are, solely due to the lack of items necessary for sustainability, at risk of a Child Protective Services intervention. Our goal is to keep children together with non-abusive family members, and out of the foster care system, whenever possible."

It is important to me to advocate for our youth, especially for those who don't have a voice. Children are the building blocks of our society and deserve a chance.

What is your most memorable gift?
This one is easy!!! My youngest brother, McKinley, was born on Christmas night and nothing will top it. He was and continues to be a gift. The little guy stole my heart. He'll be turning 7 this year.

What is your wish for the New Year?
Oh man, this is a hard one. I usually don't wish for anything in the New Year because I feel like every day is another opportunity for personal growth and achievement. People get stuck on New Year's resolutions and then if they don't achieve the goal they set, they get down on themselves.

If I did wish for anything, it would be to cross off some of the hikes in the Adirondack high peaks (I'm an aspiring 46er)!

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I believe I crossed Jamela’s path as a waitress in the past....if it’s the girl that I’m thinking of she is a delightful funny endearing lovely lovely young woman!

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