Partnership for Children: Gearing up for food, winter drives

Connecticut Partnership for Children, Inc. is hosting its annual Thanksgiving food program and the 6th annual “Helping Hands, Warming Hearts” winter sponsorship program.

Connecticut Partnership’s goal is to serve 150 families this year, up from 101 families in 2013. The agency provides the turkey, and asks for the non-perishable fixings from individual and business sponsors and donors. Donors have two options: to sponsor a family or run a food drive. Meal distribution occurs on Saturday, Nov. 22; therefore, the deadline for items to be delivered to the agency is Monday, Nov. 17.

The “Helping Hands, Warming Hearts” winter sponsorship program provides brand new jackets, boots, hats, scarves, gloves and books to children in need. Each year, this program has served approximately 200 children.

The agency’s goal for this year is to increase the number served to 250 children. Donors can either sponsor a child or provide an item in bulk. The agency provides size information, etc. to sponsors.

Donations go to children Dec. 22-23

These items will be delivered to the children on Dec. 22 and 23; and donations must be delivered to Connecticut Partnership no later than Monday, Dec. 15.

For more information or to commit to sponsoring a family for Thanksgiving or a child for the winter program, contact the agency at 203-881-1804 or by email

These programs are supported by Stop & Shop Co., Derby Walmart, Great Expectations Day Care & Learning Center in Southbury, St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Oxford, Walnut Hill Community Church- Seymour Campus, and many individuals and businesses throughout the state.

Connecticut Partnership for Children, Inc. is a Seymour-based non-profit that serves children in need throughout the entire state.