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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.

Material Girls Continues Tradition of Collecting Toys For Yale Toy Closet

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Dec 022013
 

Kristina Kaoud, Ann Nyberg and RJ Kaoud at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.

Kristina Kaoud, Ann Nyberg and RJ Kaoud at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.

Material Girls, 463 Boston Post Road, is collecting toys for the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Toy Closet, a tradition owner Kristina Kaoud started several years ago with her children.

The Toy Closet program was founded by News 8 anchor Ann Nyberg 20 years ago, in 1993. The purpose is to provide pediatric patients at the hospital (including those receiving outpatient services) with a new toy.

Kaoud family learned about the closet while visiting a friend’s child at the hospital. Their children were so moved by the idea that they asked their parents if they could do something to help.

Kristina has been collecting toys at Material Girls, and Jim has done the same at Kaoud Oriental Rugs for several years. In return, each business offers a discount on purchases with the donations.

You may drop off your donation (No plush please — hospital rules) during the regular business hours or during special events.

Material Girls is running promotions including discounts on purchases, or gifts for the next few weeks.  Get a start to your holiday shopping, while supporting a great charity.

Suggested Donations (from the Toy Closet Brochure)

All toys/gifts should be new, unwrapped and sized so the closets can accommodate them. Plush toys are not accepted due to hospital infection control standards.

Infants/Toddlers

(Ages Newborn – 3)

Infant Toys, baby rattles, new books, building blocks, sorting toys, musical toys, soft balls, soft toys.

Children

(Ages 4-12)

Building toys, craft kits, cars, trucks, new books, videos, coloring books, crayons, games, dolls, art supplies, sports equipment.

Teens

Journals, handheld games, art and craft kits, jewelry, cosmetics, sports equipment, games, school supplies, new books, calculators, models, building toys, flash drives, CD players.