WETHERSFIELD – Looking to send some warm and fuzzy holiday greetings to
Hartford-area youngsters who might otherwise miss out on much of the season's
joy, the Connecticut Safety Society has launched its 17th Annual Holiday Teddy
Members of the group, comprised of employees from the Connecticut Department of
Labor's Safety and Health Division (CONN-OSHA), the federal Department of Labor
OSHA, and safety and health professionals from private industry, will collect
the toys through Dec. 12.
According to Aaron Thompson of CONN-OSHA, group board member and past president,
the public is also welcome to help out and contribute to the drive by dropping
off a new stuffed animal at CONN-OSHA’s Wethersfield office, located at 38
Wolcott Hill Road, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Connecticut Safety Society members will deliver the toys to the boys and girls
whose mothers rely on the services of Hartford's Interval House, Thompson said.
"This is the 17th year that our group has conducted the drive and we
hope to exceed our total from last year when we collected more than 100 stuffed
toys," he explains. ” Last year, the drive brought in a real menagerie --
including long-eared dogs, floppy bunnies and fuzzy kittens.”
According to Thompson, Hartford Interval House staff will put the stuffed
animals into gift baskets for distribution to the youngsters following the
annual Connecticut Safety Society holiday party.
"It’s always a great feeling to be involved with the Teddy Bear Drive,” he
notes. “People always open their hearts and wallets and make this a time to
remember for so many boys and girls who might otherwise miss out. It’s always
rewarding to know that your generosity has gone a long way toward helping so
many youngsters have a happier holiday.”
Those interested in contributing stuffed animals to the toy drive can contact
Aaron Thompson at (860) 263-6927.
Media Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535