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Spreading a Little Holiday Joy
Updated On: Apr 12, 2012
This couple picked up a new bike for their son.

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Annual Toy Drive a huge success - we had a record year!  265 families requested toys, with a total of 698 children that each received a toy or gift card, plus stocking stuffers and board games for the families. Of this total, 80 were Union famlies, with 230 children. The parents in the picture on the left were able to provide a much needed new bike for their son.

We also want to give thanks to our "elves" who helped this year. We had some super volunteers who gave up hours and hours of their time and helped sort, match, label and bag the toys for distribution and made the calls to the families for pick-up.

Special thanks to Filomena, who came to us through the United Way's Make a Wish Program. She made a very generous gift card donation, and came in and handled those heavy volume of phone calls like a pro!

Through your generosity, we were able to brighten the holiday for hundreds and hundreds of children.  

Labor Organizations and individuals contributing to this year’s holiday drive included: 

  • American Postal Workers Union, Hartford Local No. 147
  • A&R Employees Union
  • A&R Retirees
  • Margaret H. Buchanan
  • Elizabeth Carabillo
  • Central Connecticut Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • CBTU Connecticut Chapter
  • Connecticut State UAW-CAP Council
  • Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges Stephen Ferrucci
  • Greater Hartford Labor Council
  • Greater Bristol Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Hartford Firefighters Assoc. Local 760-I.A.F.F. AFL-CIO
  • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local No. 237
  • International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 478
  • Local #81281-IUE-CWA
  • Wayne Medoff
  • Merged Capitol City Branch #86
  • Middletown South Fire District Local #3918 IAFF
  • Mary G. Millar
  • Denise P. Plourde
  • Edna McClendon
  • Bernie McKinnon
  • Janeen and John Olsen
  • Lori J. Pelletier
  • Southeastern CT Labor Council

The entire Staff and Board of the United Labor Agency send a sincere THANK YOU to EVERYONE who helped make this Holiday brighter for these families.


John J. Driscoll United Labor Agency
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