CONNECTICUT FUNERAL DIRECTORS COLLECT GIFT CARDS & TOYS
FOR OPERATION ELF & CONNECTICUT CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER

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

The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association announces its 15th annual holiday drive to collect gift cards and toys for military families and for children and teens in the hospital. Now through Wednesday, December 1st, we are welcoming donations from the public for Connecticut National Guard's Operation ELF (Embracing Lonely Families) program and for Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

We encourage you to take a few minutes and come donate an item that can mean so much to another family. Donations of gift cards and unwrapped toys may be dropped off during regular business hours.

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.

The 133-year-old Connecticut Funeral Directors Association is comprised of funeral directors at more than 220 funeral homes. Based in Wethersfield, Connecticut, the professional organization is committed to the promotion and advocacy of high ethical standards in funeral service. This includes the development and presentation of ongoing professional training opportunities for practitioners and educational programs for association members and the public. For more information about the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association or its holiday collection drive, call 860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332 or visit www.ctfda.org

The Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization that provides emergency financial assistance for Connecticut National Guard members and their families. Operation ELF assists the families of Connecticut National Guard soldiers and airmen who are deployed during the holidays and provides a wide range of support to military families throughout the year. For more information about the Foundation, call 800-858-2677, or visit www.ctngfi.org.

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children’s hospital in Hartford. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation, we foster a patient- and family-centered environment with a focus on research, education and advocacy. Connecticut Children’s serves as the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the UConn School of Medicine, has a teaching partnership with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and is a research partner of The Jackson Laboratory. Connecticut Children’s welcomes, cares for and protects all children who walk through our doors. It is an institution of acceptance and compassion.