While You’re Out Today Give To Those In Need

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Nov 212020

The Community Champions Network and Coldwell Banker Realty present Stuff A Bus 2020.

This was a year wrought with negativity and uncertainty, but you have a chance to bring something positive to those who are suffering most.

The Network is collecting non-perishable food items, new toys for tots, new hats and gloves, and new blankets for seniors.

Today you can help them stuff the bus with these precious items that will help make the holiday season a little brighter for children families and seniors in the community.

Today is the first big in-person collection drive. it will take place at Shop Rite of Derby, 49 Pershing Drive, Derby from 12 – 2 p.m.

In the coming weeks, other sites will host the collection drives. Also, if your company is willing to collect donations, volunteers will pick up and deliver them to the Network. For more information, contact Myla Chadwick at myla@communitychampionsnetwork.com or call/text 203-376-6461.

Orange Brownie Troop Hosts Collection Drive

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Feb 112019

For the second consecutive year, Brownie Troop 60274 is hosting a Gift of Warmth Blanket and Towel Drive during the month of February.

The girls are learning about taking care of animals and all of the new towels and blankets that they collect will go to local animal shelters.

There is a labeled collection box in the lobby at the High Plains Community Center for the entire month, so you may drop the items off at your convenience.

The girls and leaders from Troop 60274 thank their families and the community in advance for their continued support.

Orange Community Women Host Collection For The Troops

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Mar 162013

Maureen Boian, Julie Davis and Laura Griest, members of Orange Community Women, in front of VideoLab with the troop collection box.

Maureen Boian, Julie Davis and Laura Griest, members of Orange Community Women, in front of VideoLab with the troop collection box.

Following is a press release from the Orange Community Women:

Orange Community Women (OCW) collected town-wide donations at VideoLab, 200 Boston Post Road (Next to New England Ballet) twice last year with great success. Below is a thank you note from one soldier who received a care package from the Fall effort.

Dear Mrs. Griest,

I wanted to take the time to thank you and your organization for the loving and thoughtful packages sent to me and my platoon this holiday season. I know the gifts, hygiene items and entertainment will be most appreciated as things begin to close down for the winter season. We’re located on a small FOB without many options or means of getting the basic necessities, so the Soldiers (as well as myself!) are more than appreciative when they receive these thoughtful items. I know some of them definitely needed what you all sent to us! When your daughter  mentioned that you wanted to send us something, I didn’t imagine so much! Thank you again for spreading some Christmas cheer to us all here in Afghanistan! Merry Christmas, God Bless and have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Very Respectfully,



Your Chance To Help

Paying it forward, OCW and VideoLab would like to thank the town’s people for their donations which made this possible.  And, we decided to do it again for the month of April.

Donations can be dropped off at VideoLab/Davis Gallery, 200 Post Road in Orange in the decorated collection box daily from 10:00am-6:00pm and Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm.   Orange Community Women will package the items and forward them to deployed soldiers overseas.

Please include only small, light-weight personal care items for men and women, no food items.  Items in need are (but not limited to):  lip balm, sun block SPF 30+, hand & foot cream and body lotion, Gold Bond powder, liquid hand soap (preferably sanitizing), emery boards, nail files, tweezers, facial cleansing pads, large baby wipes, Kleenex packets, Q-tips, Lotrimin and Tinactin.

Also, black and white tube athletic socks, mole skin & blister packs, gel insoles for boots, toilet paper, dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrushes, disposable razors (especially Mach III), panty-liners, shower shoes (flip flops), pens, stationary, postcards & greeting cards to send to their families, journals, crossword puzzle books, and word game books.

And don’t forget, International phone cards, i-tune cards, and donations for postage will also be accepted. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

If you have the name and address of a deployed soldier who would like to receive a care package, please leave that information at VideoLab as well.  No guarantees, but we will ship as the supply allows.

To learn more about Orange Community Women, contact Cheri McNabola (203) 795-8032.    To learn more about VideoLab/Davis Gallery, contact Ron Davis (203) 799-7017.

Orange Police Host Toy and Food Drive Today From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Dec 132012

Dec. 13th, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Orange Police Union is getting into the holiday spirit and hosting a toy and food drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Target parking lot, 25 Boston Post Road.

The police will be collecting food, toys and gift cards that will go to local charities and families affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The holidays are joyful for many people but they can be terribly stressful and depressing for a multitude of others.

With storm victims struggling to fix their homes before the frigid weather sets in and jobless, former hardworking people facing the idea of losing their unemployment checks in the New Year, Now, perhaps more than any time in recent years is the most important time to help your fellow man.

When buying toys remember that some of the recipients will be teenagers, so age appropriate items are always appreciated.

Gift cards for grocery and department stores also are desirable.

You can help the Orange Police make this a joyous holiday season for the less fortunate.  You have four days to shop for items to donate.

The Orange Police thank you in advance.

Originally Published on: Dec 9, 2012 @ 10:35 p.m.