United Way group needs 1,000 more donations for Re-Gifting Program

The Young Professionals for United Way and Webster Bank are still in need of over 1,000 donations of unused items for Bristol’s Annual Re-Gifting Program. This popular program allows children in low-income areas of Bristol to learn the joy of giving. Children are able to “shop” for special parents or caregivers in their lives. The Young Professionals for United Way and Webster Bank are coordinating this community program.

People receive a few gifts each year that are, for some reason, are put up on a shelf and never used. Those unused gifts are the items needed for this program, said a release from the United Way. “Your donated items will be distributed to select locations throughout Bristol where children can choose a holiday gift for their loved ones. You should see the smiles on those children’s faces when they pick out that special gift. We can all agree that it’s more rewarding to allow a child to experience the joy of giving than to leave that item sitting on a shelf.”

The release explained, “The Young Professionals and Webster Bank understand that during this time of year you may be asked to donate to a variety of causes. Please keep in mind that the program is only seeking items that you already own and did not put to use. Some possible gift items include grooming kits, gloves, scarves, mugs, flash lights, sports paraphernalia, games, perfume/cologne, household decorative items, jewelry, etc. We are especially in need of men’s gifts. No clothing, please.”

Unused gift items can be dropped off until Nov. 29 at the following locations: the Bristol Public Library, the Manross Library, the Bristol Adult Resource Center, the United Way of West Central Connecticut Office, BARC, and any Bristol Webster Bank location.

If you have questions, please contact Kate Provencal via email at kateprovencal@ci.bristol.ct.us

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