Helping Veterans Through Generous Community Donations

Posted on December 26, 2018 by admin


State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) and her community partners collected hundreds of clothing and personal care items for veterans during the holiday season by sponsoring Veterans Holiday Giving Trees.

The holiday trees and their “ornaments” were available between Monday, December 3 and Thursday, December 20, to help provide assistance to Connecticut Veterans in need this holiday season. The Trees were decorated with paper ornaments that were handmade by Waterbury students, and on the back of each ornament were items  veterans needed most.  Contributors removed the tags from the tree, purchased the designated gift described on the back and returned the unwrapped item(s) to a designated tree location. Once collected, the items were distributed to Connecticut Veterans in need.

Rep. Cummings, Waterbury Police Sgt. Ryan Bessette and Waterbury Police Officer Querino Maia brought several large boxes and bags filled with clothing and other items to the Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill just before Christmas.  Volunteer Judy Barnes said everything would be delivered to needy veterans over the holiday, continuing a tradition of giving back to the brave men and women who served the country.

The trees were located at several businesses throughout Greater Waterbury, including:

  • Waterbury PAL – 64 Division Street, Waterbury
  • DOLCE, LLC – 2457 East Main Street, Waterbury
  • Waterbury Senior Center- 1985 E. Main St. Waterbury
  • Moore, O’Brien & Foti – 891 Straits Turnpike Middlebury
  • Fidelity National Title Insurance Company – 111 Founders Plaza, Suite 1403 , East Hartford
  • Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP – 50 Leavenworth Street, Waterbury

A huge stocking filled with clothing was donated by a local attorney

Waterbury Police Sgt. Ryan Bessette, Waterbuy Police Officer Querino Maia, Rep. Cummings, Volunteers Judy Barnes and her husband Alex Oliphant posed with some of the bags of donated goods.