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How to Help During the 2012 Holiday Season

There are many programs in North Branford and Northford that could use a helping hand this holiday season.

 

With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday helping many people take care of their holiday shopping, there are still some holiday wish lists that have some items left to be checked off. Many programs in town are finding ways to give back to those less fortunate.

Night to Care 

Night to Care has already completed its food drive, collecting 2,400 food items and raising more than $700, but there are still 70 snowmen in the lobby of Jerome Harrison. Each snowman tells you a child's age and gender in order to provide appropriate gifts for the holiday season.

The program culminates with the Night to Care event on Friday, Dec. 7 where students and volunteers will gather to wrap the gifts and box the food. The 2nd-grade chorus will sing holiday songs directed by Mrs. Humphrey and Mrs. Bannon.

Toys for Tots

The annual Toys for Tots drive is underway. Through Dec. 10, residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys at the North Branford Police Department, Community Center and Smith Library.

Be a Santa to a Senior

Home Instead Senior Care-Guilford the world’s largest provider of non medical home care and companionship will sponsor the seventh Be a Santa to a Senior program.

Ornaments with a code for the senior’s name and their gift request will be placed on the tree. Shoppers can choose an ornament, buy an item listed and after wrapping it, return the ornament and gift to the store or community center to be collected by Home Instead Senior Care-Guilford.

North Branford Food Bank

The North Branford Food Bank just received a boost from the North Branford Police Union's Stuff-a-Cruiser event, but the food bank could always use donations.

Donations to the Food Bank are accepted on Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at North Branford Congregational Church and on Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at ACES on Old Post Road in Northford. There is also a drop box at Big Y and outside of the Chamber of Commerce office at the North Branford Park and Recreation Center.

Stuff Stocking for Sandy Victims

CT Stuffs Stockings for Sandy is collecting donations for stockings to hand out to families in need here in CT and NY who were effected by Sandy and who will be in need of hope and holiday spirit this year. Here's the list of suggested items, which are due by Dec. 15.

Tell us: What is your favorite way to give back during the holiday season?

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