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Boys & Girls Village Thanks 2014 Holiday Toy Drive Participants

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Jan 162015
 

unnamedFor 72 years, Boys & Girls Village has been a statewide leader in providing comprehensive care to at-risk Connecticut children and adolescents through its array of behavioral health, educational and family programs. During the holiday season, the agency also tries to make it a special time for the children and families they serve.

Boys & Girls Village (BGV) is pleased to thank the many local partners that stepped up and supported its 2014 Holiday Toy Drive. Collectively, these partners donated nearly $22,000 to the agency, which included monetary, gift and toy donations.

Hundreds of donations were collected by Colonial Toyota of Milford and Trumbull Marriott on behalf of BGV. Instrumental to the toy drive were Colonial Toyota of Milford’s Marketing Director Gloria Powers and Owner Robert E. Crabtree, Jr., and Trumbull Marriott’s Sales Executive Eva Jurewicz and General Manger Rich Pacino. Throughout the holiday season, both businesses hosted wooden donation boxes hand painted by some of the children at Boys & GirlsVillage. The combined efforts raised more than $2,200 in toys for the children and families served by BGV.

Other local businesses like Crown Properties of Milford, Somerset Capital of Milford, Shoreline Dental of Milford, and Brooks Brothers of Enfield were among the many holiday donors. Organizations like Milford Women’s Club, Unity Center of Norwalk, Halle’s Hope of Milford, and a host of area schools and churches boasted it was better to give than to receive.

“Without the generosity of others, especially around the holidays, Boys & Girls Village would not be able to meet the needs of the clients we serve,” said Coreen DeMayo, Development Coordinator at Boys & Girls Village. “These gifts of kindness offer a little more hope, a little more sparkle and a lot more smiles to so many Connecticut youth and families. To each and every one of you that found it in your means to share the holiday spirit and donate to BGV, please know that we send our sincerest thanks.”

 

BGV also launched its own effort to contribute to the local community this past holiday season. BGV’s Extended Day Treatment (EDT) program in Bridgeport provides therapy to children with emotional and behavior needs. BGV worked with Bridgeport Rescue Mission to incorporate charitable giving into its overall curriculum and teach children about the true meaning of giving. Through BGV’s behavioral reward system, EDT children earn points for good behavior, which went towards purchasing nonperishable food items from BGV’s Point Store. These items were then donated to Bridgeport Rescue Mission, which serves 500,000 meals annually toBridgeport’s working poor and homeless.

 

“It was heartwarming to see our children taking the initiative to help others in their community,” said DeMayo. “They filled the donation box to the brim and were able to help those in need this holiday season.”

 

BGV also supported Grandparents on the Move (GOTM), a non-profit organization run by the New Haven Public Schools that serves grandparents and great-grandparents that are raising their grandchildren on fixed incomes. Dorothy Agnew, a volunteer for GOTM, helped organize their holiday drive. BGV donated approximately $1,500 worth of toys to Grandparents on the Move.

Boy Scout’s Eagle Project Will Benefit Less Fortunate Children

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Dec 082014
 

Joe Bonsangue of Mr. Kold Kuts in Orange with Boy Scout Billy Panzella.

Joe Bonsangue of Mr. Kold Kuts in Orange with Boy Scout Billy Panzella.

You may have noticed toy collection boxes to benefit Boys & Girls Village at Mr. Kold Kuts, 529 Boston Post Road, and the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, but don’t know the story behind them.

The collection drive is the brainchild of Billy Panzella, 15, a Boy Scout with Troop 1 out of Milford as part of his quest to become an Eagle Scout.

Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. To earn the rank a Boy Scout must, progress through all other ranks in proper order, earn 21 merit badges, serve 6 months in a troop leadership position, take part in a Scoutmaster conference, plan and develop a service project and successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.

Achieving Eagle Scout rank means the world to Billy. He said, “When someone reaches the rank of Eagle Scout it says something about them as a person. It shows what you are capable of doing, if you are determined and put your mind to something. It helps to teach you to be a responsible, productive member of the community.”

Billy explained why he chose Boys & Girls Village, Inc. as a beneficiary, “I believe BGV is a great organization that does wonderful things to help less fortunate children and families and give these kids a chance to be better and more productive citizens in their communities.”

Billy describes the project: “I decided to do this project because I wanted to do a service project for the Boys & Girls Village. I approached Joseph Tramuta, Co-Chair of their Board of Directors with this idea, and he paved the way for me to move forward. I have set up donation boxes in various locations around Milford and Orange. Once collected, my plan is to deliver the toys to BGV, and assist with wrapping and distributing the presents to the children.”

Those wishing to donate can drop off a new unwrapped toy at either Orange location until this Friday, Dec.12.