CFDA Holiday Gift Drive


Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019


Thursday, Dec. 05, 2019

Over 50 Funeral Homes Welcoming Holiday Donations through December 4
WETHERSFIELD, CONN., November 12, 2019 – The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) has kicked off its 14 annual holiday drive to collect gift cards and toys for military families and for children and teens in the hospital. Starting today through Wednesday, December 4, 53 funeral homes across Connecticut are welcoming donations from the public for Connecticut National Guard's Operation ELF (Embracing Lonely Families) program and for Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
In addition, on Thursday, December 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., people can drop off items to CFDA's 131 Convention at the Sheraton Hartford South at 100 Capital Blvd. in Rocky Hill, Conn.
"As funeral directors and suppliers of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, we have held our own charitable holiday collection efforts for more than a decade, and this is fourth year that we also invite the public to bring donations of gift cards and unwrapped toys to local funeral homes," explains Edward J. Sheehy Jr., President of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association. "By doing so, we add 53 convenient community sites that supplement these organizations’ own collection efforts. We encourage state residents to take a few minutes and come donate an item that will mean so much to another Connecticut family."
All gift cards, toys and funds collected by the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association will be delivered directly to Operation ELF and to Connecticut Children's Medical Center before the holidays:
     Operation ELF will give these items to families of the Connecticut National Guard and all branches of the military with a loved one in the deployment cycle, that suffers financial hardship as a result of the call to active duty. Operation ELF welcomes gift cards of any dollar value for grocery or department stores, home supply stores, gas stations, and pharmacies, as well as unwrapped new toys for young people of any age.
     Connecticut Children's Medical Center toys and gift cards will be presented to young patients during the holidays and at different times of the year. Unwrapped toys should be appropriate for hospitalized infants, children, adolescents or teenagers that do not pose a safety hazard, such as those with sharp edges or small, removable or easily breakable parts. Hospitalized teens will receive gift cards they can enjoy.

Donations of gift cards and unwrapped toys may be dropped off during regular business hours: 9am-5pm

Howard K. Hill Funeral Services
1287 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Henry L. Fuqua Funeral Service
94 Granby Street
Bloomfield, CT 06002

Howard K. Hill Funeral Services
319 Barbour Street
Hartford, CT 06120

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