First Selectmen’s Corner: ’Tis the Season To Be Giving

by C.G. Bud Knorr

The holiday ushers in The Season of Giving, where we focus on raising awareness of programs in Somers that benefit our residents in an effort to increase community involvement and contributions.

The Season of Giving Campaign focuses on several ways in which you care and show empathy for your neighbors in need. We hope our citizens will consider making a contribution or getting involved this holiday season with your contributions/time being directed to 19 Battle St., Somers, CT 06071.

Your kindness would be appreciated at one or all of the following worthwhile options:

Town of Somers Emergency Fund
Assisting low-income families with basic needs and emergency situations for heat, electricity, rent, or any number of other extenuating circumstances. Without your donations this fund would not exist. Please make checks payable to the Town of Somers Emergency Fund.


Stuff-A-Cruiser
This is an annual event coordinated by the Somers Women’s Club which is taking place now through Dec. 13. You can drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Somers Police Station, at 451 Main St., to be distributed to families in need to help their children have a very Merry Christmas.

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign

About 90% of all funds raised through the Kettle Campaign help meet the needs of our low-income residents. This annual campaign cannot be successful without volunteers to ring the bell for an hour or two to encourage people visiting the Dunkin Donuts on South Street to drop their contributions in the red kettle. I enjoy the time I spend each year, and as an added incentive for you to contribute I will buy you a hot coffee. Please consider donating to this worthy cause.

Meals on Wheels
This program provides meals six days a week, 52 weeks a year, along with a daily wellness check for our elderly residents. Meals are graciously prepared by the Hometown Kitchen restaurant.

Funding for this needed outreach is primarily through donations and we’re
always looking for volunteers. I hope that people will be generous in assisting those elderly citizens to enjoy the basic nutritional needs of a hot meal. Having recently enjoyed our Thanksgiving meal with our families, let’s remember those in need that would want the same consideration.

Please contact Christina Hurdle-Cenac at (860) 265-7551 or Ceenac@somersct.gov to assist.

Adopt-A-Child
This program assists low-income families with providing gifts for the holidays. This program is entirely anonymous with donors “adopting” a child and receiving a list of items the child needs as well as a few “wishes” and some general information about the child’s interests/hobbies, etc. giving the donor the opportunity to get to know their child. Gifts are dropped off at the Social Services Department office and our staff provides the gifts to the family. Recipients write a thank-you note to the donors so that the donors can experience a connection with the family. This program is truly a fun and rewarding experience for those involved. If you are interested in adopting a child this holiday season, please contact Christina Hurdle-Cenac at (860) 265-7551.

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