TORRINGTON —Friendly Hands Food Bank is asking groups, organizations and individuals to help with its annual Thanksgiving giveaway. Donations of turkeys, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, potatoes, vegetables, olives, pies and cake/brownie mixes, turkey gift cards or certificates are all welcome. Last year Friendly Hands helped more than 400 families, individuals and elderly residents.
The Thanksgiving giveaway is Saturday, Nov. 23, and donations are being collected now through Nov. 21. Donations can be dropped off at Friendly Hands Food Bank, 50 King Street, Torrington, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
For more information, call the food bank at 860 482-3338.
Volunteer drivers wanted for ‘Road to Recovery’
The American Cancer Society is in need of volunteer drivers to support the Road To Recovery® program, which provides cancer patients with free rides to treatment. This year, an estimated 21,950 Connecticut residents will be diagnosed with cancer, and for some getting to treatments can be their biggest roadblock. A successful transportation assistance program can be a tremendous, potentially life-saving asset to the community. That’s why volunteering for the American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery program is so important.
“Every day, thousands of cancer patients need of a ride to and from their treatments,” said Samantha Martinez, program manager, American Cancer Society, in a statement. “Even the best treatment can’t work if a cancer patient can’t get there.”
Volunteer drivers are needed to help give cancer patients a much-needed lift. The organization screens and trains all volunteer drivers, and coordinates the rides for patients. Volunteer drivers donate their time and can provide as many rides as they want.
All drivers must have a current, valid driver’s license, a good driving record, access to a safe and reliable vehicle, a regular desktop, laptop, or tablet computer access, and proof of car insurance.
To learn more about volunteering for the Road To Recovery program, visit cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.
Blood drives scheduled in area
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to be the lifeline for patients in need this holiday season by making an appointment to give blood or platelets. While helping to save lives is likely motivation enough, those who come out to give Nov. 18-Dec. 18 will also receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Still need reasons to fit lifesaving blood donation into busy holiday schedules? Try these three:
Search for drives by ZIP code and make an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, online at RedCrossBlood.org, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Donors can save time by completing a RapidPass. The entire donation process only takes about an hour, but donors can save time with RapidPass. Pre-donation reading and health history questions can be completed online to save about 15 minutes. Donors will get important health information. Donors receive a mini-health screening to help determine eligibility that includes blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin readings. First-time donors will also find out their blood type soon after donating.
The Red Cross is thanking those who come to give Nov. 18-Dec. 18 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Thanks.) Additionally, those who come to give Nov. 27-30 will receive an exclusive long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.
Cornwall: Nov. 30, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., United Church of Christ Congregational, 8 Bolton Hill Road
Kent: Dec. 18, 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Blvd
Litchfield: Dec. 3, 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Rd
New Preston Marble Dale: Dec. 3, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Washington Montessori School, 240 Litchfield Turnpike
Salisbury: Dec. 5, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Salisbury Congregational Church, 30 Main Street
Torrington: Nov. 25, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Peter Church, 109 East Main St.; Nov. 27, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 837 Charles St.
Winsted: Dec. 2, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Park Place East/Route 8
Woodbury: Dec. 7, 7:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Woodbury Senior Center, 265 Main Street
Winchester police raising money for cancer patients
WINSTED — During the month of November, members of the Winchester Police Department are participating in “No Shave November,” a fundraiser to assist the Connecticut Cancer Foundation in raising money to provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families. Last year, the Winchester Police Department raised more than $2,000. Anyone wishing to donate can go to www.noshavenovemberct.org. This information will also be posted on the Winchester Police Department’s Facebook page. All money raised will be donated to the Connecticut Cancer Foundation.
For questions, call Sergeant Kim Boyne at 860-379-2721 or email email@example.com.
Adopt a family for Christmas
TORRINGTON — Friendly Hands Food Bank is looking for people to adopt a family for the holidays, bringing them Christmas cheer by purchasing gifts for children from newborn to 18 years of age.
For information, contact Jessica at Friendly Hands Food Bank at 860-482-3338 Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friendly Hands is located at 50 King Street, Torrington.
Paws & Claus set at the Warner
TORRINGTON — The Warner Theatre will host a holiday fundraiser, Paws & Claus, to benefit the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education, Dec. 1, 12-2 p.m.
Pets and their owners can stop by the Studio Theatre for photos with Santa. Admission is $5 for each pet. Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and other treats and pick up a gift certificate for a Winter Term class at the WTCAE.
To purchase tickets, call the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education at 860-489-7180 x148.