‘Stuff-a-Truck’ collects toys, food and funds for those in need
By Annie Gentile - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
Sometimes a little foul weather can be a good thing - especially if it means a few more people might hurry out to the grocery store to stock up on necessities, and then, perhaps, decide to donate a few dollars to a good cause set up right outside the store.
That may be just what members of the South Windsor Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance Corps and Teen Center were hoping for Saturday, Dec. 14, as volunteers from each of the local organizations volunteered hours of their time to stand outside Stop & Shop and Geissler’s Supermarket to collect donations of toys, food and funds for the fuel bank for residents in need.
“Several years ago, I think 2009, we collected food for the South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank,” said Sgt. Tom Field, community outreach officer with the South Windsor Police Department. “I was taking to Shelley Seddon, who works at Stop & Shop, and Jo-Ann Ciccaglione for the South Windsor Human Services, and the need for toys and food for children was talked about. I then talked to Larry Gorman, who was the chief of the South Windsor Ambulance, and Phil Crombie, Jr., who was the chief of the South Windsor Fire Department, and Matthew Reed, chief of the police department. All thought that collecting toys for the children was a great idea.”
Because Field drives a pick-up truck for work to tow the child passenger safety seat trailer, Field said it was decided to call the event “Stuff-A-Truck.” Adding to Field’s “Buckle-Up Truck,” the South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department brought in one of its engines, and the South Windsor Ambulance Corps brought along one of its ambulances all to help with collections.
Jo-Ann Ciccaglione, coordinator of the Teen Center program in town, who joined emergency personnel and teens outside Geissler's, said they are happy to take whatever residents have to offer.
Officer Peggy Clouser agreed. “So far the collection has been going well,” she said. “People have always been very generous in this community.”
Field said Police Chief Matthew Reed, South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kevin Cooney, and Phil Fluery of the South Windsor Ambulance Corps have continued to support the event.
“There are so many people that do wonderful things every day throughout the year, and I am very thankful that so many live in South Windsor,” said Field.