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Posted on November 23, 2021


Funeral Homes Welcoming Holiday Toys & Gift Cards through December 1st

The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) 15th annual holiday drive to collect gift cards and toys for military families and for children and teens in the hospital is happening now through Wednesday, December 1st.

Donations are being accepted at 45 funeral homes across Connecticut (area locations listed below) for Connecticut National Guard’s Operation ELF (Embracing Lonely Families) program and for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

All gift cards, toys and funds collected by the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association will be delivered directly to Operation ELF and to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center before the holidays:

     Operation ELF will give these items to families of the Connecticut National Guard and all branches of the military with a loved one in the deployment cycle, that suffers financial hardship as a result of the call to active duty. Operation ELF welcomes gift cards of any dollar value for grocery or department stores, home supply stores, gas stations, and pharmacies, as well as unwrapped new toys for young people of any age.

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center toys and gift cards will be presented to young patients during the holidays and at different times of the year. Unwrapped toys should be appropriate for hospitalized infants, children or adolescents that do not pose a safety hazard, such as those with sharp edges or small, removable or easily breakable parts. Hospitalized teens will receive gift cards they can enjoy.

Donations of gift cards and unwrapped toys may be dropped off during regular business hours at any of these local funeral homes now through December 1st:

  • Ansonia: Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home at 167 Wakelee Ave.;
  • Derby: Edward F. Adzima Funeral Home at 253 Elizabeth St.;
  • Seymour: Ralph E. Hull Funeral Home at 161 West Church St.;
  • Shelton: Riverview Funeral Home at 390 River Rd.;

More information can be found at: