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port of local children. Many grabbed a printed list of food being sought as they entered the store to shop. Others gen- erously reached into their wal- lets and dropped cash into their collection jugs so items they ran low on could be purchased as needed. Whatever the donation, every dollar or box of snacks meant a lot to the crew.
Chief Kelby and Chief Guerriero are new to the towns of Danbury and Hill and were enthusiastic about taking part in Cram the Cruiser that day. Guerriero said it was great to be able to come out and support the children of the Newfound area.
“This is something that im- pacts the whole community, so I’m really happy to take part in this today,” he said.
Kelby agreed, adding that as the newest police chief in New- found, it also served as a good opportunity for him to not only get to know the residents but for them to have the chance to meet
January 2024
   During the Every Child is Ours food and funds campaign last Saturday Danbury Police Chief Chris Kelby held the donation jar for four-year Violet of Meredith who wanted to contribute two pennies from her own purse to help other boys and girls who might not have enough to eat.
Local police officers were grateful when Jonah Daigle of Outside Unlimited and his daughter Maddie stopped by Hannaford Supermarket on Dec. 16th to present them with a donation of $2,000 for their Every Child is Ours Cram the Cruiser fundraiser last month. From left to right are Daigle, Maddie, Alexandria Police Officer Josh Reynolds, Sgt. Steve Henry of the Bristol Police Dept., Danbury Police Chief Chris Kelby and Hill Police Chief Joe Guerriero. Henry said they were also very thankful for Twin State Utilities and Twin State Traffic’s generous donation of $1,000, as well as the support of the many shoppers who contributed to their cause that day. Photos Donna Rhodes
him as well.
“Hopefully, this can become
a pretty regular thing that we can all be part of,” said Kelby.
As a father of children him- self, Officer Reynolds was equally glad to see the over- whelming generosity of others as they all worked together to
provide children with nutritional foods to eat.
The day was filled with a few nice surprise donations, too. Bristol resident Jonah Daigle and his daughter Maddie ar- rived to present ECIO with a $2,000 check from his company, Outside Unlimited, a commer-
cial property and landscape con- tractor, and more, with many locations throughout the coun- try. The officers were all thrilled by his generosity. Following his appearance at the Cram the Cruiser event that day were representatives of Twin State Utilities and Twin State Traf- fic. Each of the two companies, both based in Bristol as well, also handed the officers two more generous checks for $500 each.
“We’re really excited to get so much great support from local businesses like them,” Sgt. Henry said.
Chief Kelby was also excited when a young four-year-old girl named Violet approached their donation table, clutching a small purse with two pennies in her hand. When he realized she wanted to donate to help other children, Kelby was quick to re- spond.
“This means a lot,” he said with a huge smile. “Thank you very much, Violet!”
At the end of four hours, four cruisers crammed full of food made their way to TTCC to drop off the donations, and thanks to Outside Unlimited, Twin State Utilities, Twin State Traffic, and little Violet, among others, cash donations that day totaled $4,500.02. It’s not over, though, because the campaign to have enough food available for all students in need goes on year round.
for weekly distribution are single-serve packages such as Cheez-Its and Goldfish crack- ers, popcorn, Fig Newton cook- ies, pretzels, and veggie chips. They also will accept Belvita and Fiber One Lemon Bars, along with single servings of (no sugar added) Mandarin Oranges, diced pears, diced peaches, and applesauce cups. Small cans of vegetables, a box or single-serve package of mac- aroni and cheese, and small con- tainers of microwavable Chef Boyardee and Knorr Pasta sides are welcomed, too. Other foods on their wish list are single-serve packages of Cheerios and Chex Mix snacks, as well as Slim Jims.
While other healthy foods are fine, the program does follow al- lergy awareness protocols, there- fore no nuts or food containing red dye can be accepted.
Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted at any time.
The Every Child is Ours program runs throughout the school year. Food or cash dona- tions can always be dropped off at or mailed to Tapply-Thomp- son Community Center at 30 N. Main Street, Bristol, 03222. On- line donations can also be made at www.ttccrec.networkforgood. com. Click on the “Apply Dona- tion Where It is Needed Most” option, then type Newfound- Every Child is Ours in the Notes section below.
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