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Norwalk's Human Services Council Adopts Early Holiday Spirit

Norwalk's Human Services Council and its agency, Children’s Connection, is preparing for its annual holiday toy drive.
Norwalk's Human Services Council and its agency, Children’s Connection, is preparing for its annual holiday toy drive. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- As the 2013 holiday season begins, the Norwalk-based Human Services Council’s Children’s Connection, is busy prepping for Children’s Bank, its annual holiday toy drive.

For more than 20 years, HSC’s Children’s Bank has been providing gifts for children who are most in need in our communities. The Department of Children and Families and other local agencies provide holiday wishes from the children they serve, many of whom have been abused, neglected and/or at-risk, living in foster care and/or group homes.

According to Kari Pesavento, director of HSC’s Children’s Connection, “this program has such a profound impact on so many children living throughout lower Fairfield County. For some of these children, this is the only gift they will receive, and we are incredibly appreciative of the many individuals, organizations, and corporations who so willingly donate to Children’s Bank.”

One of those companies that continue to support the program is Sequel International. When asked why her company supports Children’s Bank, Irene Tullo, vice-president of Creative Services and an HSC board member said: “Sequel International has participated in Children’s Connection’s Holiday Drive for several years.  It is one way our company can give back to those less fortunate, and allow our employees and partners to make a difference in the community. The Children’s Bank provides gifts for children and families who are most in need this holiday season and we are proud to be a part of their great organization.”

There are many ways for the community to get involved in Children’s Bank. People can fulfill a wish for a specific child, organize a gift drive at your company or community group, donate general gifts for children in need or contribute a financial donation.

This year, Children’s Bank is expected to provide gifts to almost 3,000 children living throughout lower Fairfield County. Donations can be dropped off at The River Park Plaza, 800 Connecticut Ave. in Norwalk from Dec. 3 to 12 or at HSC’s Offices at 1 Park St., Norwalk after Dec. 12. To learn more about all the programs offered by the Human Services Council or how to help with this year’s toy drive, visit www.hscct.org or call 203-849-1111.

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