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Operation E.L.F. Kicks Off at Sheehan Hilborn Breen in West Hartford

Sheehan Hilborn Breen decorated on Veterans Day 2017. Submitted photo

Donations to Operation E.L.F. can be dropped off in West Hartford at Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home on New Britain Avenue through Dec. 6.


For 12 years, the funeral directors and suppliers of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) have made personal contributions of gift cards, unwrapped toys, and funds for the Connecticut National Guard’s Operation E.L.F. (Embracing Lonely Families) holiday effort.

This year, between Monday, Nov. 13 and Wednesday, Dec. 6, Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home along with three dozen other funeral homes across Connecticut will welcome donations from the public and will bring them to the Connecticut National Guard’s Operation E.L.F., which assists military families who have a loved one in the deployment cycle this holiday season.

All gift cards and unwrapped toys collected by Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home and the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association will be delivered directly to Operation E.L.F, which 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.

Especially needed are gift cards of any dollar value to grocery stores, department stores, home supply stores, gas stations, and pharmacies, as well as unwrapped toys for young people of any age.

Donations may be dropped off during regular business hours in West Hartford at Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home at 1084 New Britain Ave., 860-561-3800.

Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home is known for its compassion, service, trust and integrity. They have been serving the greater West Hartford area families for nearly 70 years. Charles Hilborn is the sole owner and considers it a privilege and an honor to serve the community. Charlie gives much of the credit for success to the dedicated staff. Funeral Directors Richard Koza and David Skinner, along with Jay Murphy and several part time employees, have been with Charlie and the funeral home for decades. You can reach them at www.sheehanhilbornbreen.com or 860-561-3800.

Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home is a member of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA). The 129-year-old CFDA is comprised of funeral directors at more than 220 funeral homes. Based in Wethersfield, CT, 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 Operation E.L.F collection drive, call 860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332, or visit www.ctfda.org or Connecticut Funeral Directors Association.  

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. For more information about Operation E.L.F, please call 800-858-2677 or visit the Connecticut National Guard Facebook page.

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