NORWALK, Conn. — When state Sen. Bob Duff held his annual open house last weekend, he asked those attending to donate gifts for children and nonperishable food items for the hungry.
His attendees heeded the call, bringing 90 toys and more than 500 pounds of food to the senator’s house.
“The community is always very generous when we hold these open houses,” Duff said Wednesday before heading out to several charities to deliver the donations.
On Wednesday morning, two state troopers helped Duff load the gifts into a truck before delivering them to Children’s Connection, the Carver Center and Person-to-Person.
Some of the gifts were wrapped, others were in decorative gift bags. They ranged from model cars to a Minions throw blanket.
Carver Center Director of Philanthropy Joe Gallagher watched Duff and the troopers bring the gifts into the center. He thanked the state senator for the gifts, for which he was grateful.
“They’re incredible,” Gallagher told the Daily Voice. “These are children who have a great need, and (the gifts) bring great joy to them for the holiday season.”
He said the gifts will go to some of the 500 children who walk through the doors of the Carver Center.
“They’ll find a home very quickly, and they’ll make the boys and girls very happy,” he said.
Duff also collected nonperishable food items for charity. He gave away 480 pounds of food Wednesday plus 75 pounds donated to St. Vincent de Paul on Tuesday.
“It’s a lot of food,” Duff said. “People really stepped up and gave a lot this year.”
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