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West Hartford Residents Help Feed Families in Need

Cole Gallagher, who recently celebrated his 10th birthday, asked friends to collect food for his birthday. Courtesy image

Chrysalis Center launched the #DonationCreation2020 initiative on May 1, a month-long campaign to fill the food pantry shelves during the COVID-19 crisis.

The LeBlanc Family. Courtesy image

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Chrysalis Center’s #DonationCreation2020 launched on May 1, and is currently still seeking teams to sign up. This organization’s month-long food drive, which invites individuals to organize, form teams, and collect nonperishable food items for families in need, is relying on the community’s generosity now more than ever as they have an increased need during the COVID-19 crisis.

Beth Brigham of West Hartford, a longtime volunteer at Chrysalis Center, teamed up with friends to collect for #DonationCreation2020. Courtesy photo

Donation Creation runs from May 1 through June 1, 2020. This year, due to the pandemic and practicing social distancing, rather than making a “creation” of items collected, as teams have done in the past, the organization is asking for teams to be creative and come up with a team name and collect nonperishable items to benefit Freshplace, located on Chrysalis Center’s main campus, at 255 Homestead Avenue in Hartford. In addition, online donations are also accepted to help the organization purchase food in need.

Teams can be organized through schools, civic and religious organizations, companies, neighborhoods, services clubs, and other groups of two or more. Chrysalis Center encourages teams to share their activity on social media, using the hashtag #DonationCreation2020 to help collect items in need, as well as spread awareness of hunger in our area.

“It’s a food drive with a twist,” said Adria Giordano, director of Development and Communications at Chrysalis Center, and a “wonderful way for people to give back to help those in need, while practicing social distancing. We have an increased need since the pandemic has hit our state. In addition to feeding our Freshplace clients and families, we are also giving out food to families in our other programs as well, who may have a comprised health situation or are elderly and cannot get to the grocery store.”

To register a team and receive a Donation Creation “Took Kit” with instructions and delivery information visit www.chrysaliscenterct.org/calendar or contact Nancy Sherman at Nancy Sherman or 860-263-4419.

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The Giordano Family. Courtesy image

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