On Saturday, Dec. 8, the South Windsor Police Department will join members of the South Windsor Fire Department and South Windsor Ambulance Corps at Stop & Shop, (1739 Ellington Road) for the third annual “Stuff a Truck” event.
"Emergency Services all do this because we want to help people," Sgt. Tom Field of the South Windsor Police Department said. Field founded the event three years ago.
"This is a wonderful way to help our community," he said.
"It's greatly appreciated," Coordinator for Adult and Senior Services Andrea Cofrancesco said. "The Police Department, Ambulance Corp. and Fire Department are always very supportive of our programs."
Each group will have a truck on site, which they hope to fill to the top with toys, food and gift cards. Whatever is collected will service "over 185 children right here in town," Cofrancesco said. .
With unemployment in South Windsor holding at around 7 percent, Field and others have seen a need for this sort of community charity event during the holiday season for a few years now.
"There's been a need for helping families in town, some need more help than others - but all of them need help," Field said.
Emergency services personnel will be at the Stop & Shop on Ellington Road collecting toys, food and gift card donations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.