Jerome Harrison School is already looking ahead to the holiday season with its 2012 Night to Care Program. The program, which was started by Judy Bannon and Janet Ferraro, provides gifts, food and Stop & Shop gift cards to families in need living in North Branford and Northford.
There are many ways you can be a part of Night to Care, which is chaired again by Jackie Rodriguez. This Sunday, Nov. 11, while you're doing your weekly shopping you can donate food items to Night to Care volunteers, who will be at Stop & Shop in Branford from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to collect non-perishable food items.
“Matt’s Mission Fund very to purchase more food items if necessary and Stop & Shop gift cards so each family can enjoy a nice holiday dinner," said Rodriquez.
Lynn Riordan, the founder of Matt's Mission Fund, was happy to support this program again in 2012, after also donating in 2011.
“Matt’s Mission Fund supports this fantastic program because there is nothing better than seeing a community pull together to help others when needed," said Riordan.
In addition to donations of non-perishables and gift cards, residents can also choose a snowman from the lobby at Jerome Harrison. The snowman tells you a child's gender and age in order to provide appropriate gifts for the holiday season.
To date, 75 families have sign up to benefit from Night to Carewhich includes 146 children. Each child will receive two gifts as a result – Julie Shadman and Nicole Park are going to need a lot of help collecting 292 gifts this year.
On , Jerome Harrison School students and volunteers gather to wrap the gifts and box the food. The 2nd-grade chorus will sing holiday songs directed by Mrs. Humphrey and Mrs. Bannon. Last year's gathering was a big success.